A former postal carrier in Washington state who stole or simply threw away hundreds of pieces of mail, costing residents along her route untold amounts of money and wreaking havoc on their daily lives, has another job.
She’s working for the state, processing Medicaid applications, radio station KIRO reports.
Stephanie A. Biscay, 44, worked out of the Rochester, Wash., post office delivering mail along a rural route for 17 years. But for at least the final six months, between November 2011 and April 2012, she took mail for herself or threw it away at her home, in the garbage bin of a local grocery store, even in a cemetery.
In July of this year, she took a guilty plea on one count of delaying or destroying U.S. mail and agreed to enter a special substance abuse program. If she completes the program, the case against her will be dropped.
She was also arrested for driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol level four times the Washington state limit, shortly before leaving her post office job.
All told, investigators found that Biscay destroyed, stole or delayed more than 2,500 items of mail, much of it highly important and valuable, including one resident’s heart medication.
Other residents were hit with late fees on their rent payments or missed mortgage payments thanks to Biscay’s impeding their mail delivery.
Retired firefighter Diana Balsam at first shared her neighbors’ opinion that local kids were stealing their mail, but when her disability checks went missing, she filed a complaint with the Lewis County Sheriff.
"Every two weeks, like clockwork, when my check was supposed to come it would show up late. Sometimes it wouldn't show up at all," she said.
Biscay will have to pay restitution to Balsam and other victims under her plea deal.
But as she was still under investigation for her postal crimes, Biscay got a job with the Washington Health Care Authority. She passed a background check.
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But a state spokesperson told KIRO that an ongoing federal investigation would not show up on that check, and a DUI would not disqualify an applicant for a Health Care Authority job.
"What gives you the right to have a state job with state benefits when you have destroyed me and my family?" Balsam said. "How dare you?"
Of course, if Biscay is going to pay back Balsam and other victims, she has to make money somehow.