St Louis, MO – QUENTIN COOK, Florissant, MO, was convicted of diverting mail believed to contain clothing, marijuana and other items to addresses that he and his co-defendants controlled for their personal gain. Cook and his co-defendants were former Postal employees of the Network Distribution Center in Hazelwood. The three-day trial was held before United States District Judge Ronnie L. White.
According to court documents and testimony presented at trial, Edward Lewis, Sean West, Korey Howard and Quentin Cook are former employees of the United States Postal Service. West, Howard and Cook searched for and identified mail and over-labeled it to redirect it from its original sender’s intended recipient to themselves, Lewis and others. The diverted mail included clothing, marijuana, electronics, computer equipment, pottery and personal effects.
Korey Howard, Florissant, MO; Edward Lewis, Hazelwood, MO; and Sean West, Florissant, MO; pled guilty in December to multiple charges including conspiracy, obstruction of correspondence and theft or receipt of stolen mail. They are scheduled for sentencing in March 2016. A sentencing date has not been set for Quentin Cook.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General and the Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Franks and Dianna Collins are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.