PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A United State Postal Service carrier is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from packages she never delivered.
Jamie Deann Dent, 37, was arrested Tuesday on charges of 11 counts of mail theft and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, Dent "did unlawfully and intentionally take mail, the property of another, from a post office, a postal station, a mail receptacle, an authorized depository, and a mail carrier."
The alleged thefts happened from Dec. 13, 2016 to Sept. 20, 2018, according to court documents.
According to a search warrant obtained by FOX 12, Dent is accused of stealing $37,000 in cash bank deposits from the Troutdale Famous Footwear.
The post office was contracted for the delivery of that money, but court documents show it never made it to the bank, prompting an internal investigation by the Office of Inspector General.
Investigators wrote they then found more deposits of over $3,000 from a Naturalizer store also never made it to its destined bank, despite being scanned as received by Dent.
USPS inspectors also said in Sept., they found 14 missing packages that contained cash in a community mailbox locker that Dent was responsible for.
According to court documents, Dent suffers from a traumatic brain injury, and is currently taking Suboxone to combat an addiction to opiate pain medication.
Court filings show that Dent works 50 hours a week, but it does not specify if it is still for the USPS.
FOX 12 reached out to USPS for comment. Officials said the Office of Inspector General confirmed that Dent has been on "off-duty status" since late Sept.
Dent was arraigned in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. She was released on her own recognizance and her next court appearance in January.
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