Customer embezzles $33,072 from USPS

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtRichard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced today the federal arrest of a postal customer for theft of government property.

A federal indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y. on Thursday, January 10, 2013, charged JOHN GIBSON with theft of government property in the amount of $33,072.68. The indictment alleges that GIBSON purchased 91 postal money orders with checks drawn on closed checking accounts.

JOHN GIBSON was arrested today and made his initial appearance before the Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, United States Magistrate Judge. GIBSON was released on his own recognizance.

GIBSON faces a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

GIBSON’s arrest is the result of a joint investigation by U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The investigation began in June 2012.