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Former Iowa postal employee sentenced to federal prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of checks from the mail

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former Iowa postal employee responsible for stealing nearly $650,000 in checks from the mail in 2017 and 2018 has been sent to federal prison.

Amy Jurisic, age 38, currently of Carterville, Georgia, and previously from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 14, 2021 guilty plea to one count of mail theft.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that Jurisic worked as a postal clerk for the Dubuque Post Office in 2017 and 2018. Starting in June 2017 and lasting through at least October 2018, Jurisic stole over 60 pieces of mail. Jurisic specifically stole mail that contained checks made out to a business located in Dubuque. Evidence showed that she then gave the checks to an individual in Chicago who was part of a check-cashing operation. The operation would change the names on the check and attempt to deposit the checks into various bank accounts. Overall, Jurisic stole nearly $650,000 in checks. Of that amount, approximately $62,000 was actually deposited into bank accounts. Other checks were flagged as fraudulent and banks did not process the deposits.

Jurisic was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Jurisic was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment. She was ordered to make $62,456.33 in restitution to victims. She must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Jurisic was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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