A former leasing company executive who stole thousands of items from the mail, including a Tom Brady rookie trading card, and sold them on eBay was sentenced this week to 120 days in the Kane County Jail.
Mark Hoggay, 51, of Geneva Township, who pleaded guilty to felony theft, also was sentenced to 4 years' probation.
Hoggay worked as vice president of human resources for a Bolingbrook leasing company that worked with the Postal Service to store extra bins and lockers during periods of heavy mailing, said Assistant State's Atty. Justin Fitzsimmons. Hoggay, who had access to the secure room, picked items he liked and took them home, prosecutors said.
An eBay customer paid $704 for a card featuring the New England quarterback but did not receive it in the mail. Later, he discovered Hoggay auctioning the same card online and tipped off postal inspectors. Hoggay was arrested in August 2006.
Fitzsimmons said police recovered thousands of coins, jewelry items, Netflix DVDs, watches, pins, stamps and football and baseball cards from the Geneva Township house that Hoggay shared with his girlfriend, Nancee Fosha. Authorities said they believe he took in more than $14,000 from selling stolen merchandise.
The girlfriend has been charged and is awaiting trial.
"This was a case that was based on greed," Fitzsimmons said.
There is no way to recover the items Hoggay sold, Fitzsimmons said, but the other items no longer are needed for evidence.
Wanda Shipp, a postal inspector from the Chicago office, said Wednesday that the postal service will try to reunite the rightful owners with the stolen items. Other items could be shipped to a mail-recovery center, where postal employees will try to match them to claims filed by customers. For information, call 800-275-8777.