Menlo College post office manager sentenced

Debra Lynn Blaylock has pleaded no contest to felony charges of identity theft and credit card fraud stemming from her tenure as post office manager of Menlo College.

Ms. Blaylock, 55, entered her plea April 5 on the condition that she would not serve time in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

She will serve 60 days in county jail, and was placed on three years of supervised probation, according to the DA's report.

County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Ms. Blaylock has already served 15 days in county jail, and will serve the remainder of the term in the sheriff's work program. She also will pay restitution to the victims of her credit card fraud.

Ms. Blaylock, of Santa Clara, was arrested by Atherton police on March 21 after an investigation found she had stolen three credit cards that had been mailed to two students and a nonprofit operating on the campus.

The case came to light with the discovery by the nonprofit's CEO that a credit card issued to the organization but never received had been used multiple times in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the DA's report said.

The CEO was able to obtain a video of the person activating the card, and recognized her, the report said.

Atherton Police Detective Kristin Lopez located surveillance video at three businesses in which the person using the credit card was identified as Ms. Blaylock, according to the DA's report.

After Ms. Blaylock's arrest, investigators found credit cards that had been issued to two Menlo College students, the report said.

Ms. Blaylock was ordered by the court to pay about $1,868 in restitution to the nonprofit group Strive for Youth at Menlo College, Mr. Wagstaffe said. Restitution to the other legal holders of the credit cards Ms. Blaylock stole will be determined by her probation officer, he said.


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Posted by Dana
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Apparently Blaylock was not a Postal Service employee, but rather ran the mail room at the college. Remember, Big Brother is always watching you on video!

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