Oklahoma postal worker to serve year in prison for theft of mail

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, JEFFREY LEMON, JR., 30, from Oklahoma City, was sentenced by United States District Judge David L. Russell to serve twelve months in a federal prison for theft of mail by a Postal Service employee, announced Mark A. Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

A federal grand jury indicted Lemon on September 1, 2015, alleging that he stole money orders deposited in the mail by Postal Service customers. Lemon pled not guilty and went to trial on December 1, 2015. According to evidence presented at trial, Lemon was an employee at the U.S. Post Office in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. Evidence showed that between March 2015 and June 2015, Lemon stole money orders deposited in the mail by Postal Service customers at the Warr Acres Post Office and cashed them for his benefit. The jury found him guilty on 17 counts of theft of mail by a postal service employee. Judge Russell dismissed one count during the course of trial.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtAt a sentencing hearing today, Judge Russell sentenced Lemon to serve twelve months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. He was also ordered to pay $11,803.65 in restitution to the United States Postal Service, which had previously reimbursed Lemon’s victims for their losses.

This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica L. Perry and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Hale.