An metro-east post office worker was sentenced on Friday in federal court for stealing mail.
Jane Johanna Emily, also known as Jane Moeller, of St. Louis, must serve five years of probation. Postal inspectors caught the 42-year-old opening packages while working at the East St. Louis Post Office in April 2013.
An investigation began after a customer contacted the post office in March 2013 regarding a missing package that had been seen by other postal employees in her office. Emily was caught a month later during an undercover investigation conducted by special agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.
During the investigation, agents sent a package to the East St. Louis Post Office. Emily, who did not deliver packages, removed the package and left the post office. Agents then stopped Emily, who told investigators that she was actually working for postal inspectors to uncover suspicious packages. The undercover agents knew this was false.
Emily faces home detention during the first six months of her sentence and has been ordered to pay a $300 fine and a special assessment of $300.