Beyond just feeling the mailbox full of junk mail, the United States Postal Service plays a pivotal role in politics. During the 2020 election, the safety and security surrounding mail-in ballots was a top issue. But while the Democrats promised the process was immune to fraud, numerous lawsuits were filed. Although the results of the 2020 election are still in question, recently, the Department of Justice revealed an identity theft scheme that cost credit card companies over $1 million. While not breaking news, it should be noted that a majority of the people arrested were US postal workers.
According to a news release from the Department of Justice, the suspects were arrested due to their “theft and unauthorized use of credit cards to defraud several national financial institutions, credit card companies, and major retailers, resulting in more than $1.3 million in intended losses as well as the theft of hundreds of identities.”
The DOJ added, “As alleged, the defendants conspired to steal credit cards from the mail; use those stolen credit cards at a variety of stores, including high-end retailers; and sell some of the merchandise purchased with the stolen cards on the website LuxurySnob.com (“LuxurySnob”). .S. Attorney Damian Williams said: ‘As alleged, the defendants engaged in a years-long scheme to manipulate credit card companies and major retailers across New York and New Jersey by stealing credit cards and using those cards to purchase, and subsequently sell, luxury goods. The defendants took advantage of the public trust we place in U.S. Postal Service employees for their own financial gain.’”
While some suspects are still at large, the Department of Justice has apprehended:
- Johnny Damus
- Rashaan Richards
- Devon Richards
- Conrad Heron
- Louis Jeune Verly
- Kareem Shepherd
- Fabiola Mompoint
- Nathanael Foucault
- Jonathan Persaud
Discussing the fraud scheme, Daniel B. Brubaker, who is the Inspector-in-Charge at USPIS, congratulated the work of investigators. These nine defendants, three of which are postal employees, sought to enrich themselves by stealing mail directly from hundreds of postal customers. Hey further compounded their crimes by committing identity theft against those customers to facilitate their elaborate scheme to defraud several national financial institutions. Make no mistake, the Postal Inspection Service will not allow thieves, no matter who they are, to use the U.S. Mail to harm postal customers or the financial institutions that serve them. e are pleased the members of this criminal syndicate have been apprehended and their crime spree brought to an abrupt end.”
The suspect faces charges of Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, Access Device Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Conspiracy to Steal Mail by U.S. Postal Employees. The charge carrying the most prison time is Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, which holds a 30-year term.
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on October 4, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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