Massachusetts postal contractor employee pleads guilty to mail theft: losses could total a million dollars

inspectorBOSTON – A Braintree man was convicted today of stealing credit cards from a mail-sorting facility and using them to commit fraud.

Gerald K. Acholonu, 32, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Richard G. Stearns to credit card fraud and theft of mail. Sentencing is scheduled for June 25, 2013. Acholonu faces between 48 and 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and a fine.

From August 2010 through May 2011, Acholonu worked at a company that sorted the mail by ZIP code between the mail’s unloading at Logan Airport and its transportation around New England by the Postal Service. In late April 2011, Acholonu was spotted leaving his employer’s restroom with a tray of U.S. mail. Investigators then searched the trash from his residence and found 11 stolen Discover credit cards and evidence that Acholonu was using or planning to use the Discover customers’ identities by setting up telephone accounts in their names. Investigators also obtained surveillance photographs from ATMs indicating that Acholonu had used some of the cards to withdraw money. In his plea agreement, the parties agreed that all told, there were more than 250 victims and the loss totaled between $400,000 and $1 million.