Missouri postmaster gets prison in $3.8 million fraud scheme

The following information was released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District Of Missouri:

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Teresa Tremusini, Festus Postmaster, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release. In June she was convicted of two felony counts of receipt of illegal gratuities. The owner of SG Print and Mail, an SG Print and Mail employee and one Postal employee previously entered guilty pleas in the $3.8 million scheme.

According to court documents and testimony presented at trial, Robert Scott Gray defrauded the U.S. Postal Service by falsely claiming stamps were used on bulk mailings and by concealing documentation of mailings from the Postal Service to avoid payment.

Teresa Tremusini became Postmaster of the Festus, Missouri, Post Office in December 2005. Robert Scott Gray was President and Owner of SG Print and Mail, Inc. Michael A. Jones was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. Donna Beckman was an employee of SG Print and Mail from January 2005 to September 2007. Her duties included the preparation of the U.S. Postal Service paperwork that accompanied bulk mailings by SG Print and Mail.

SG Print and Mail provided direct mail services to clients. A client would contract with SG Print and Mail to perform a direct mailing, for example, of 30,000 mail pieces. Typically SG Print and Mail contracted with a printer to print the mail pieces. SG Print and Mail would then prepare the direct mailing by placing addresses on each mail piece and sorting the mail pieces by address/zip code for bulk mailing.

Between January 2005 and December 2006, Robert Scott Gray directed Donna Beckman to lie about the number of pre-canceled stamps that they used and to falsify the Postal forms describing how many they had used. Additionally, Gray paid Teresa Tremusini $20,000, payable in two cashier’s checks in August 2006, and in January 2007 paid Michael Jones $10,000 cash. These payments were in return for the approval of bulk mail postal forms.

The loss to the U.S. Postal Service for these schemes was a total of approximately $3.8 million.

TERESA TREMUSINI, St. Louis, Missouri, was convicted of on two felony counts of receipt of illegal gratuities on Friday, June 3, 2011. She appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

Robert Scott Gray, Fenton, MO, pled guilty in April to five felony counts of mail fraud, four felony counts of making false statements and three felony counts of giving an illegal gratuity, and is scheduled for sentencing September 30th.

Michael A. Jones, Pacific, MO, pled guilty in March to one felony count of receipt of illegal gratuity, and was sentenced in June to two years of probation.

Donna Beckman pled guilty earlier this year to two felony counts of mail fraud and was sentenced to three years probation, 80 hours of community service, along with $2.8 million restitution.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Carrie Costantin is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.