USPS employee pleads guilty to importing steroids by mail

BOSTON – An employee of the United States Postal Service (USPS) pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with purchasing and importing anabolic steroids.

John A. Psehoyas, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of importation of a controlled substance.  According to the terms of the plea agreement, Psehoyas has agreed to resign from the USPS.  U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2017.

Psehoyas was a customer service supervisor at the Lynnfield, Mass. Post Office.  From August 2014 to March 2016, Psehoyas purchased anabolic steroids, a controlled substance, from online sources.  He had the parcels containing steroids shipped to him from China, Poland, Turkey and Romania.  The parcels were addressed to multiple addresses to avoid suspicion, but Psehoyas tracked the parcels using a USPS tracking system.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Eileen Neff, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit is prosecuting the case.