BATON ROUGE, LA –United States Attorney Walt Green announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced LARONDA D. MOORE, age 38, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, yesterday to serve 32 months in federal prison for her conviction for aggravated identity theft and misappropriation of postal funds. Following her release from prison, MOORE will be required to serve a 2-year term of supervised release. MOORE must also make restitution to the United States and other victims in the amount of $8,922.60.
According to documents filed in this case, MOORE worked as a United States Postal Service employee at the Sunshine Post Office in St. Gabriel, Louisiana from July 15, 2013, to June 30, 2014. From at least June 1, 2014, until June 30, 2014, while working in her capacity as a Postal Service employee, MOORE stole $7,776.56 in postal funds. Also during this time, Moore stole and opened undelivered mail in order to collect personally identifiable information and fraudulently obtain the identities of citizens living in the community for which she served. MOORE then used these fraudulently obtained identities to apply for and obtain multiple lines of credit and make unauthorized purchases on behalf of the victims.
United States Attorney Green stated: “It is outrageous that Ms. Moore would betray the trust of the community and use her position as a federal employee with the U.S. Postal Service to steal and commit identity theft in order to enrich herself. Her actions undermine the honest and hard work performed everyday by the vast majority of those working for the U.S. Postal Service. I greatly appreciate the through investigative efforts of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service in uncovering these criminal acts.”
U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent-in-Charge Maximo Eamiguel stated: “The United States Postal Service understands the sacred trust that the public invest in it on a daily basis. We do not tolerate employees of our agency utilizing their position of public trust to defraud those that they serve. We are committed to the immediate and vigorous prosecution of any individual involved in such activities.”
This matter is being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie A. Flowers, Jr.