Benton, Ill. – Casey L. Neal, 31, of Belle Rive, Illinois (Jefferson County), was
sentenced this afternoon to 2 years’ probation and was ordered to pay restitution to her victims.
Neal pled guilty in October 2021, to theft of mail by a postal service employee.
In January and February 2021, while working as a substitute sales and distribution clerk at the
Belle Rive, Dahlgren, and Macedonia post offices, Neal stole over $300 worth of cash and gift cards
from greeting cards that were sent through those post offices. Neal used some of the gift cards to
purchase money orders used to pay her personal creditors. After being alerted to the thefts,
investigators located other gift cards from retailers and restaurants, including Dick’s Sporting
Goods, Chik-fil-A, and Dairy Queen, which Neal had stolen from the mail.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zoe J. Gross.