Pennsylvania Mail Handler Sentenced To Probation For Unemployment Compensation Fraud

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Rashaad Schell, age 27, of Abington, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 24 months of probation with six months of in-home detention by United States District Judge John E Jones, III, for knowingly making false statements in order to obtain unemployment compensation.

Judge Jones also ordered Schell to repay $18,421 in restitution to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, from February 2012 through September 2013, Schell worked as a mail handler for the Abington Post Office while also obtaining unemployment compensation from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg.

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Chelsea Schinnour prosecuted the case.