Missouri: Former Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Stealing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former employee at the North Kansas City, Mo., post office pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing money from a cash drawer.

Jacob Crisp, 24, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to misappropriating federal postal funds.

Crisp was a sales and service distribution associate working at the front counter of the North Kansas City, Mo., post office. From June 3, 2013, to Feb. 11, 2014, Crisp embezzled money from the Postal Service by not properly recording stamp sales with customers. He falsely reported voided and no-sale transactions, and did not report other stamp sales with customers, thereby reducing the amount of cash he remitted in his daily deposits. This allowed him to embezzle the money paid by customers for post office products, including stamps.

uspsoigCrisp estimated that beginning in October 2013, he stole approximately two to three times per week, about $200 per week, which the government contends totaled $5,040 worth of retail transactions.

Crisp was observed on video conducting sales transactions, but hitting the “void” key so that the sale wasn’t recorded in the computer terminal. Crisp was also observed on video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in his pocket.

Under federal statutes, Crisp is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.