Rapid City woman pleads guilty to stealing $65K, multiple U.S. Passports

RAPID CIT12 18 Rc Federal Courthouse File Vomp400 00 06 15still002Y, S.D – A Rapid City woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to stealing over $65,000 and multiple passports after knocking over a mailbox with her car in February 2021.

Courtney Twiss, of Rapid City, backed into a mailbox cluster at Star Village on February 20, 2021, detaching it from the post. Twiss later returned with a wheelbarrow to take the mailbox to her residence nearby, emptied the mail out of the box, discarding it about 100 ft. away from the home, and covered the mailbox with an old mattress.

According to court documents, law enforcement searched Twiss’s home on February 25 and “located over 200 pieces of mail with different names and addresses, checks totaling approximately $65,971, 17 recovered credit/debit cards as well as U.S. Passports.”

Twiss was originally faced four charges but pleaded guilty to two Tuesday afternoon – bank fraud and theft of property of the United States Postal Service. She faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine for bank fraud and 3 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for stealing USPS property.

A sentencing hearing has yet to be set.

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