New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty in Fake Money Order Conspiracy

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CORTEZ THOMPSON, age 34, of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

According to court documents, from in or about December 2012 and continuing though in or about June 2013, THOMPSON and his co-conspirators were involved in a scheme to unlawfully obtain money through the distribution of counterfeit United States Postal Service money orders. To this end, THOMPSON and his co-conspirators would, among other things, procured, produced, and caused to be produced counterfeit United States Postal Service money orders, distributed them via the mail, and negotiated them in order to share the illegal proceeds of the crime.

THOMPSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for November 29, 2017.

Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Loan AMimi@ Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.