NEWARK, N.J. — Two New Jersey postal employees were arrested today for their alleged roles in a fraud committed in connection with unemployment insurance benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Continue reading
BANGOR, Maine: A Penobscot County woman was sentenced today in federal court for the theft and conversion of money orders, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced. Continue reading
NEWARK, N.J. – A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee today admitted stealing credit cards sent through the mail as part of a conspiracy to commit access device fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Continue reading
Gary Stein, a licensed chiropractor in Levittown, New York, has paid the United States $290,197.24 to resolve civil allegations that he submitted false claims to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) for services that he did not provide to a federal employee receiving Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) program benefits. Continue reading
Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging four men with federal charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine sent through the U.S. mail to a mail carrier who allegedly accepted bribes to re-route the packages to drug conspirators. Continue reading
WASHINGTON – Nicole Gogan, 41, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty this week to charges stemming from two assaults that took place this spring, including one that was prosecuted as a hate crime, Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today. Continue reading
ABINGDON, Va. – A former employee of the United States Postal Service was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison for stealing mail containing medication intended for United States Veterans. Continue reading
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced SHANNEL SMITH, age 41, of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was charged on August 10, 2021 in a one-count bill of information for misappropriating postal funds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1711.
NEWARK, N.J. – Two men were charged today for their roles in a conspiracy to possess stolen mail, including credit cards and pandemic relief credit cards, commit bank fraud, and defraud the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Jarid Brooks, 27, and his brother, Justin Brooks, 21, both of Vauxhall, New Jersey, are charged by indictment with participating in a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from victim financial institutions and the U.S. Department of Treasury by obtaining credit cards issued by the victim financial institutions and Economic Impact Payment (EIP) cards issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which were stolen out of the U.S. mail by bribed U.S. Postal Service employees, and fraudulently using the stolen cards to make unauthorized purchases. They also are charged with aggravated identity theft. Jarid Brooks is also charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin, and Justin Brooks is charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From July 2019 to Oct. 6, 2020, Jarid Books and Justin Brooks obtained credit cards stolen from the U.S. mail by U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, and then fraudulently activated those credit cards. They used those credit cards to make and attempt to make purchases without the cardholders’ authorization, including buying gift cards and electronics. The investigation to date has revealed that the victims have incurred approximately $100,000 in intended and actual losses from fraudulent purchases made using their stolen credit cards. In addition to stealing and illegally using credit cards, Jarid Brooks and Justin Brooks also schemed to fraudulently use over $11,000 of funds pre-loaded onto EIP cards issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury and sent in the U.S. mail pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), that were also stolen from the mail. The CARES Act authorized EIP payments structured as one-time refundable tax credits to certain eligible taxpayers of $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, and up to $500 for each qualifying child. The goal of this part of their fraud was for the conspirators to unlawfully obtain the government funds pre-loaded onto these cards, in amounts ranging from approximately $400 to approximately $2,400.
The indictment contains the following charges:
|Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Mail, Commit Bank Fraud, Defraud the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Treasury|
|Receipt of Stolen Mail|
|4||Jarid Brooks||Aggravated Identity Theft|
|5||Justin Brooks||Aggravated Identity Theft|
|6||Jarid Brooks||Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Heroin|
|7||Justin Brooks||Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number|
The conspiracy, possession of mail theft, and firearm possession charges are each punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $250,000. The bank fraud charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $1 million. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory penalty of two years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison sentence imposed. The narcotics possession charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $1 million.
Jarid and Justin Brooks were originally charged with Kyle Williams, 36, and Kyjuan Hutchins, 22, also of Vauxhall, in October 2020. The charges against Kyle Williams for his role in the stolen mail and bank fraud conspiracy are still pending. He is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Hutchins has pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Rodney M. Hopkins; special agents with the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office; and special agents with the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McKay, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. She also thanked the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Caldwell Police Department, the Fairfield Police Department, the Boonton Police Department, and the Millburn Police Department for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine K. Lou of the Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tanner Brown, 25, of Cobleskill, New York, was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse to 18 months of Probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, after previously pleading guilty to one felony count of delaying the mail, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Northeast Area Field Office. Continue reading