Nearly 3 dozen local postal workers were charged with a range of crimes, including fraud, embezzlement, mail theft, possession of stolen mail, failing to deliver mail, conspiracy, bank fraud and making false statements.
The arrests came as the result of a widespread investigation of mail operations in Southern California counties. Indictments were issued in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, and involved 28 separate cases. One employee, who was also a former union official, was accused of stealing nearly 175 mobile phones from parcels at the Post Office. After removing the phones from parcels, the employee would offer them for sale or trade on the internet.
One indicted employee was found to have retained 48,000 pieces of mail destined for customers on her route. The delayed mail was found at her home. Other carriers indicted in the cases were found to have used credit cards that had been stolen from the mail. In one case, a carrier used personal information from individuals to send pre-paid PayPal debit cards to non-existent addresses on his route. In that case, investigators said the losses could number in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Los Angeles Fraud Attorney
If you’ve been arrested in Los Angeles for fraud or a related charge, or are facing federal fraud charges, your first act should be to retain the services of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney, like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as an aggressive defense attorney and will fight to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is exceptionally important in federal cases, because federal prosecutors are heavily resourced and can be overly aggressive in their prosecutions. It’s also important in cases where your livelihood has been affected. Employment-related convictions can make it difficult to find gainful employement following the conclusion of your criminal case.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense and can assist you in even the most serious cases.
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