Philadelphia Man Admits Role in Scheme to Steal and Cash Postal Money Orders

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, man today admitted his role in fraudulently cashing stolen U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in more than $22,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Anthony J. Bell, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of transmitting and presenting unlawfully issued U.S. Postal Service money orders with intent to defraud the United States.

According to the documents filed in this case, other cases, and statements made in court:

Bell admitted that a former U.S. Postal Service employee, Marc. E Saunders, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, provided Bell with stolen money orders and told him to recruit others to cash them. Bell admitted that he recruited individuals to cash the money orders and paid them a small fee, while keeping the rest of the money from the fraudulently cashed money orders for Saunders and himself. Bell also admitted he recruited an individual in York, Pennsylvania, to cash the money orders and paid the individual a small fee, keeping the rest of the money from the fraudulently cashed money orders for himself.

The charge for transmitting and presenting unlawfully issued U.S. Postal Service money orders carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2018.

On Dec. 12, 2017, Saunders pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme, including producing the money orders with a stolen imprinting machine and giving them to others to cash. His sentencing is set for March 20, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Executive Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Cleevely of the Eastern Area Field Office with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.