NY Customer embezzles $33K from USPS

inspectorRichard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced that JOHN GIBSON, III, age 37, of Oswego, N.Y., pled guilty today to the felony offense of Theft of Government Money, before the Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby in the United States District Court in Syracuse, New York. Sentencing for GIBSON is scheduled for October 9,
2013. As a result of the conviction, GIBSON is facing a term of imprisonment of up to ten years, supervised release of up to three years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a special assessment of $100.

uspsoigGIBSON admitted that he purchased 91 postal money orders with checks drawn on closed checking accounts in the total amount of $33,072.68, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

GIBSON’s prosecution 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.

This prosecution was handled in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara B. Thomson.

  • RandyF

    I may have been out of the Window Service game for a while but, when did the USPS start to accept checks to purchase Money Orders?

    • Postalguy 01889

      cash or debit cards only when I was a window clerk in 2011.

      • RandyF

        I stepped away from the window in 1995 so, we did not have credit/debit cards to be concerned with. I wonder if the clerks and/or Postmasters will be in some hot water if they were accepting checks.

  • mail8d

    I’ve only been out for 1 year and we never accepted checks to purchase money orders. Maybe a clerk dropped the ball on this one. But it should have never happened!

    • RandyF

      With that amount of money, it had to be multiple Post Offices and multiple people involved.

  • Mailgrrl

    How can a check be used to buy money orders? Cash/debit only. There’s more to this story, obviously.

  • Esther Cart

    That’s crazy! There better be a window clerk in trouble, too! How long did this go on??? Oh… Was this person a window clerk ??? There’s definitely more to this story!

  • Christopher Durost

    I knew this guy when this was going on I could never figure out how a guy that had no job had so much money but I know someone that told me he was going to post offices from Mexico to Rochester so it’s not just one post office

  • Darp

    How was he able to buy a money order with a check in the first place? Have the regulations changed? If not they should hold the clerks accountable as well, assuming that the Postal Service still trains them. Or was this a Contract Station who issued them?