A former postal worker will spend years in jail for collecting the financial information of more than 100 victims.
Ashley Stewart, also known as Ashley McIntire, will serve at least two years in prison for possession of a financial transaction device and two counts of forgery. As her mom and sister said they wouldn't comment, others who came to support Stewart, left her sentencing Wednesday.
When Stewart was arrested in February on unrelated charges, she allowed Omaha Police to search her home. It was then that they found a binder. Prosecutors say that Stewart had filled that binder with financial information belonging to individuals, businesses, medical providers, and churches. Prosecutors believe that Stewart collected this information by stealing people's mail out of their mailboxes.
One of the victims was Timberland Hardwood Floors Inc. located at 60th and N in Omaha. They say about $30,000 worth of checks, cut to them from their contractors, were stolen out of their mailbox. They say, in the end, it was just a big headache for them. To prevent future crimes, they did invest $6,000 in security.
"It's frightening from the amount of information that she was able to steal from people," said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
Kleine says this case is a good reminder to everyone to be protective of their financial information. "So that somebody like that can't get ahold of it and do the damage that she was going to do with that," said Kleine.
Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that Stewart used to be a post office employee, but was fired because of her meth use. Stewart's attorney says she has sought treatment.
Prosecutors said that Stewart had applied for credit cards using other people's identities, but that's as far as it got.