Tampa, Florida – Jasmine Wynne (31, Ruskin) has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of theft of a postal key. She faces up to 30 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, 2 years’ imprisonment for the aggravated identity theft charges, and up to 10 years in prison for theft of a postal key. Wynne’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 17, 2021.
According to court documents, Wynne was employed as a Postal Clerk with the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) and was assigned to a Post Office in St. Petersburg. Between June 2017 and September 2019, Wynne conspired with others to commit bank fraud. Specifically, Wynne used her status and the special access she enjoyed as an employee of the USPS to open First Class mail entrusted for delivery to the Postal Service. Wynne then photographed the contents of the mail, which included victim bank account information and personal identifying information (“PII”). She also took photographs of United States Passport applications that were processed at her Post Office location. These applications also contained PII and bank account information. Wynne then emailed the photographs to co-conspirators who utilized the PII and bank account information to commit bank fraud.
Wynne also used her position as a USPS employee to access and steal at least one restricted Postal Arrow key. An Arrow key is a special master key that opens USPS collection boxes, banks of mailboxes at apartment complexes, and any other mailboxes. The Arrow keys are manufactured for the USPS and distributed through controlled channels. Wynne provided the stolen Postal Arrow key to her co-conspirators in exchange for payment so that they could steal mail from locked mailboxes and secure additional PII and other information for use in the bank fraud conspiracy.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig Gestring.