A U.S. Postal employee assigned to deliver mail in Willowick and Eastlake was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing gift cards. Sonte E. Gibbons, 25, of Cleveland, previously pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee. Gibbons was assigned to the Willowick Post Office beginning in September 2016, where he delivered mail in Eastlake and Willowick.

On April 13, 2017, Gibbons had a letter he was supposed to deliver to a location on East 331 Street that contained a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. Gibbons redeemed the gift card three days later while wearing his postal uniform, according to court documents. Gibbons was arrested after the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General received complaints about mail on Gibbons’ route had not been delivered.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliot Morrison following an investigation by the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

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