Tennessee postal worker printed $32K in money orders to pay for drug habit


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sean Thomas Dennis, 29, formerly of La Follette, Tenn., pleaded guilty on Jan. 18, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville, to an indictment charging him with fraudulently issuing U.S. Postal Money Orders. Sentencing has been set for 10:30 a.m., Apr. 8, 2013, before the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge.

In conjunction with his guilty plea, Dennis, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, admitted to issuing money orders without having first receiving or paying the full amount required for their issuance. Between October 2010 through January 2011, Dennis embezzled $32,096.21 from the U.S. Postal Service by fraudulently issuing 43 money orders. He told federal investigators that committed these acts to obtain money to finance his drug addiction.

This conviction was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr. represented the United States.

USDOJ: US Attorney's Office – Eastern District of Tennessee.