A postal service worker was arrested Friday on a racketeering charge and 21 counts of petit theft after she lent United States Postal Service credit cards to friends and family members and accumulated more than $122,590 in fraudulent charges, according to county records.
In a probable-cause affidavit, investigators reported that 43-year-old Patricia Hooks Gillyard of Tallahassee, a USPS highway contract route supplier assigned to the Gainesville area, used the corporate credit cards to pay for fuel and maintenance services for her personal vehicle. She also gave the cards to her two daughters and friends to help them pay for their fuel and other automative-related expenses, the affidavit said.
One of Gillyard’s daughters, Termeria Barnes, told law-enforcement officials that used the credit cards to pay for gas for her friends’ vehicles in exchange for transportation or cash, the affidavit stated. Barnes called herself the “hook-up girl.”
The cards’ activity showed that unauthorized transactions from July 2005 to December 2007 were made throughout Florida, and in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.
Gillyard is being held in the Leon County Jail on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and 21 counts of petit theft, and faces up to 60 years in prison.
The Leon County court database shows that arrest warrants were issued Nov. 1 for her daughters, Bianca Sa’nia Barnes and Termeria Barnes, as well. Gillyard’s co-worker, Charles Edward Hutchinson, 76, is also being held on $41,000 bail in the county jail for racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and petit theft charges.