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HAMMOND | A Portage woman will be released from federal custody and serve two years on supervised release for stealing mail and taking part in a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," U.S. District Court records show.

Brittany Sims, 25, was sentenced Thursday to two concurrent, six-month jail terms on a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and the unrelated mail theft count. She already has served the jail sentence because she's been in custody since Jan. 5, court records show.

Sims was among six people indicted last fall following allegations they deposited bogus checks into bank accounts and then withdrew money advanced by banks before the checks were rejected.

In the mail theft case, Sims admitted to taking a Discover card belonging to another person out of a post office box at the Hobart post office Nov. 13, 2013. Sims worked for the U.S. Postal Service at the time, records say.

Sims was ordered to pay $8,984.86 in restitution to Chase Bank and $1,876 to Bank of America in the "cracking cards" case. She also must pay $1,628 to Discover Bank and $1,300 to a victim in the mail theft case, according to court records.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.