Envelopes don’t do a great job hiding the credit cards within, and police say a mail carrier may have swiped them from the stacks — and then again at Wal-Mart.
Two weeks ago, a Miami Beach resident noticed her American Express card never arrived in the mail. When she called to complain, the company informed them the card was used the day before at a Miami Gardens Wal-Mart for a $430.78 charge.
The security footage showed a man using the card. A post office manager said he recognized him as 29-year-old James Macklin, the boyfriend of mail carrier Nasheria James. Miami Beach police said James confessed to stealing cards and using them with her boyfriend. She told police she only started stealing five months ago, but with the 10 cards she snagged the couple bought groceries, a computer and an iPad.
She was arrested and charged with scheming to defraud people, possessing stolen credit cards and stealing identities. Her boyfriend was arrested and charged with grand theft and possessing personal information.
James, 28, began working as a USPS mail carrier assistant in May 2014 — a substitute for career carriers — said Jeff Krafels, assistant special agent in charge of USPS Office of Inspector General. She was rotated to new routes throughout the county frequently, but her last assignment was at the Normandy Beach Station.
On Friday, Krafels said she didn’t work there anymore.
James let police search her house, where they found a ledger with about 17 sets of personal information. Krafels said all of the suspected victims will get their mail back, along with a case number and contact information for the investigation.
Anyone who thinks their information might have been stolen can file a claim on the USPS OIG website.