Nov 19, 2016 5:58 PM

Meriden postal worker sentenced for stealing gift cards, cash during holiday season

NEWPORT — A U.S. Postal worker has been charged after stealing cash and gift cards from the mail she sorted last holiday season.

Fifty-one-year-old Kim Smith of Vermont was initially charged with four misdemeanors: theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded handgun without a license and abuse of office- a charge specifically aimed at public servants.

Smith had plead guilty to one charge of felony theft by unauthorized taking and one misdemeanor of carrying a handgun, according to the Union Leader.

She then returned to superior court Friday and was sentenced to 12 months in jail- but could be released as soon as 30 days in to serve the remainder of her sentence at home.

In pleading guilty, Smith admitted to stealing between $920 and $1,120 in gift cards and $200 in cash.

Smith was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 14 years and worked in the Hartland, Vt., Post Office prior to coming to Meriden in July 2015.

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