Defendant sentenced for a second time for using counterfeit checks to buy United States Postage Stamps

ATLANTA – John Lamb, a/k/a Johnny Lamb, has been sentenced to federal prison for a second time for again using counterfeit checks for purchases from the United States Postal Service (USPS).

“Lamb proves that some people never learn,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “He once again used counterfeit checks to purchase postal products and again will serve time in a federal prison. If you seek to steal from our public institutions, and ultimately the American people, you will be prosecuted and sent to prison every time.”

“This career offender stole from the Postal Service for his own financial gain and the sentence sends a message to others to deter from these types of illegal acts,” said David M. McGinnis, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division. “Postal Inspectors will continue to investigate and apprehend individuals that engage in criminal activities against the nation’s mail system.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: From September 2018 through March 2019, John Lamb a/k/a Johnny Lamb engaged in a scheme to defraud the USPS throughout the Southeastern United States, including North Georgia. Lamb negotiated over 200 counterfeit and forged checks at post offices in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky, defrauding the United States Postal Service of over $140,000. The value of these checks ranged from $500 to $950, which he used to buy U.S. postage stamps.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia prosecuted Lamb in 2014 for using counterfeit checks to buy over $500,000 worth of U.S. Postal Service products, including stamps and services. He served a sentence in federal prison.

Lamb was sentenced to two years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $143,960. Lamb was convicted on these charges on June 20, 2019, after he pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated this case.

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