Maine PMR admits stealing mail and cash

A postmaster relief at the East Vassalboro, Maine post office pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing mail and money orders from the office. Jason Stockmar, 28 faces up to five years in prison for each count. Investigators from the Office of Inspector General began their investigation after it developed that the defendant had forged almost $20,000 in money orders, and used them to buy gold bars.

The US Attorney’s office summarized the case:

uspsoig The defendant was the Postmaster Relief of the East Vassalboro, Maine Post Office. He started working with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in July 2011. In February 2013, the defendant took 20 blank postal service money orders from a safe in the East Vassalboro Post Office. He imprinted the money orders for a total of $19,547.63 and sent them to a company called APMEX along with an order for gold bars. He made the order in the name of a person who was a post office clerk at the North Vassalboro Post Office. That person did not know that the defendant had used her name or made the order.

The post office clerk received a letter from APMEX and this led to the discovery of the APMEX order and a broader investigation of the defendant and an investigation into complaints by postal customers about missing mail. That investigation and an interview of the defendant revealed that the defendant had been “rifling” mail. In an interview, the defendant estimated that he had “rifled” 25 to 30 pieces of customer mail. The defendant took cash, checks, and gift cards from pieces of mail that had been received at the East Vassalboro, Maine Post Office.

The USPS has identified several victims of the defendant’s conduct. The defendant was employed by the USPS when he took items deposited in the mail by those victims. Those victims (identified below by their initials) and their losses include:

  • LR sent a check in the mail in April 2013 that was payable in the amount of $600. The defendant took the check from the mail, changed the payee on the check and then negotiated the check and converted the funds to his own use.
  • CF sent a postal money order in the mail in April 2013 that was payable in the amount of $100. The defendant took the money order from the mail, changed the payee on the money order and then negotiated the money order and converted the funds to his own use.
  • RH sent a personal check in the mail in April 2013 that was payable in the amount of $150. The defendant took the check from the mail, changed the payee on the check and then negotiated the check and converted the funds to his own use.
  • MH sent a $125 Walmart gift card in the mail in December 2012. The defendant took the gift card from the mail and used it at the Walmart store in Augusta, Maine.
  • HB sent a personal check in the mail in April 2013 that was payable in the amount of $50. The defendant took the check from the mail, changed the payee on the check and then negotiated the check and converted the funds to his own use.
  • An organization with the initials WRC sent three checks in the mail in April 2013 that totaled $825. The defendant took the checks from the mail, changed the payee on each of the checks and then negotiated the checks and converted the funds to his own use.

  • JL sent a postal money order in the mail in April 2013 that was payable in the amount of $600. The defendant took the money order from the mail, changed the payee on the money order and then negotiated the money order and converted the funds to his own use.

  • Tony Koziol

    The continuing downslide of USPS …. too many crooks running the show at Postmaster and POOM levels. Just the tip of the iceberg

  • common sense

    He wasn’t “at Postmaster and POOM levels”. He was a PMR, a low level, low paid non-career position.

  • George Washington

    Does it really make a difference!

  • common sense

    Last time I checked, the difference (between a POOM and a PMR) was around $100,000 a year. I know that would “really make a difference” to me!

  • John Bennett

    Thanks for the support Tony. PMR’s are sometimes clerks or carriers that want to advance upward. This turd had other ideas……

  • Tony Koziol

    So …. who appoints PMRs? And why are they necessary, especially if they’re “non-career?”

  • common sense

    Why are they necessary? Ummm… Tony- even small town postmasters (who get paid less than clerks) are entitled to a day off now and then. PMRs fill in for Postmasters at lower level POs. You really have a lot of opinions for someone who obviously doesn’t have a clue about the PO!

    Who hires them? The same people in the district HR department who hire everyone else, I suppose- why do you ask?

    And what exactly do you do for a living, Tony? And why are YOU necessary?

  • Root’n Toot’n Union!

    Mis-Management at its best!

  • Tony Koziol

    common sense must be a disguised PM – just so you know, I’m retired from USPS, though you know I “don’t have a clue>” Hopefully you’re buying stamps at a UPS Store or from Staples!

  • common sense

    The only reason we know you “don’t have a clue” is that you’ve proven it yourself. How could someone manage to retire from the USPS and still not know what a PMR is? Or that lower level postmasters don’t wear suits and have secretaries- because they’re basically window clerks with a nice title.

    And why must I be a “disguised PM”? What does that even mean?- beyond the fact that you can’t have an intelligent conversation without resorting to what you apparently think is a really clever insult? Hmmm… I’ve been told I “must be” a letter carrier, a union official, a “bean counter”, “another lazy mail handler”, and several other things here- but this is the first time I’ve been called a “disguised PM”. I kinda like it- gives me an air of mystery, dontcha think?

  • Gregg Grubbs

    As the Postplan kicks in later this year,this will become a common occurrence.Not all the PMR’s are like this,but given the fact their pay averages about $10 an hour and with most getting 20 hours a week or less you can see how they maybe tempted to supplement their meager income.Sadly,this is the future of the USPS.Low wage jobs filled by little or no experience employees who really don’t care.

  • common sense

    So the reason you can’t conduct rational conversation is because you don’t know my “real name”? Why is that? I guess we’re all supposed to be impressed because you claim to be “Tony Koziol”? Are you a well known authority on postal matters or something? Are we supposed to think, “well, the guy doesn’t have a clue, but after all, he IS Tony Koziol, so there MUST be something to what he says!

    Sorry, “Tony”, if that really is your name, but I don’t know you, and I don’t particularly want to. Your name means absolutely nothing to me (or anyone else here I suspect). Your name sure hasn’t made YOU credible- why would mine?

    Like Ted Williams said, if you don’t think too good, don’t think too much!

    ps- You DO realize that that guy who calls himself “George Washington” isn’t really the father of our country, right? Just checking!

  • Tony Koziol

    You know, come to think of it, you’re absolutely right!

    Never mind!

  • Tony Koziol

    You are ever so right ….. I guess it is impossible to conduct a “rational conversation” with you – you just have too many rational rebuttals laced with a sarcasm that would suggest no one would ever be able to have an honest discourse with you. BTW – I WAS SO SURE that George Washington was speaking to us from beyond the grave …. enjoy your PMR post!

  • common sense

    Ouch!! “enjoy your PMR post”? Seriously? Good one Tony! Don’t ever lose that sparkling wit! Don’t feel bad that you can’t conduct a rational conversation, though- you can still do lots of bitter old man stuff like yell at kids to get off your lawn! Enjoy your retirement!