Several Postal Workers Arrested In Connection To $1.3 Million Fraud And Identity Theft Scheme

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The U.S. Postal Service has in the past been considered a secure way to send materials. Mail-in voting ballots have been sent through this government agency for years.

The USPS is also the highway for the transport of passport requests and other highly sensitive transactions, such as banking statements and new credit cards issued.

So any news of corruption in the agency handling the delivery of such items is highly disturbing.

During the time leading up to the 2020 elections, the country was frozen in a pandemic, and allowing more mail-in ballots to be used seemed like a good idea to some, but now that thought has been questioned with reports of fraud in the cases of ballots.

Investigations into the USPS and its employees, practices, and possible corruption has been ongoing since 2020.

For instance, it can be recalled, the Gateway Pundit and 100 Percent Fed Up with the help of the investigative team at Mc4EI, have released a stunning discovery at an absentee ballot drop box at the Liberty Temple satellite voting center in Detroit.

Gateway Pundit revealed a video in which a man dressed in street clothes exits the front passenger seat of a postal worker’s truck and stuffs a stack of ballots into the absentee ballot drop box in Detroit.

In a second video taken on the same day, the same man exits the passenger side of the USPS truck and delivers an even larger stack of ballots into the slot of the drop box. In this video, you can clearly see he is recording the drop on his cell phone in his left hand.

On October 29, a US Postal worker can be seen making 4 trips to the Liberty Center satellite voting center in Detroit. The final trip was made in a private vehicle. Although the people making the deliveries are not the same, the number on the front of the US Post Office vehicle is the same!

In July 2022, it was announced by the DOJ that a case in Boston had resulted in an arrest. James Rankins, 26, of Brockton was indicted on one count of theft of government money and three counts of wire fraud. Rankins had worked for the USPS since 2016, most recently as a Sales and Service Distribution Associate. In this role, Rankins had the ability to generate postal money orders, including replacement money orders. It is alleged that Rankins issued over $96,000 worth of replacement money orders to another individual where the original money orders were not erroneous and had not been lost or stolen, which caused the USPS to incur losses of the stated amount.

He also obtained unemployment funds from the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance, a government agency, while being an employee of the USPS, another government agency. The case is pending.

Now it is announced more arrests of Postal employees.

A news statement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday stated that several USPS employees were arrested in connection with an identity theft scheme that resulted in the loss of $1.3 million.

DOJ said Johnny Damus, Rashaan Richards, Devon Richards, Conrad Heron, Louis Jeune Verly, Kareem Shepherd, Fabiola Mompoint, Nathanael Foucault and Jonathan Persaud were among those indicted. These individuals also go by multiple aliases.

Of the four suspects arrested, three were US postal employees. The remaining defendants are at large.

They were arrested in connection with their “theft and unauthorized use of credit cards to defraud several national financial institutions, credit card companies, and major retailers, resulting in more than $1.3 million in intended losses as well as the theft of hundreds of identities.”

“As alleged, the defendants conspired to steal credit cards from the mail; use those stolen credit cards at a variety of stores, including high-end retailers; and sell some of the merchandise purchased with the stolen cards on the website LuxurySnob.com (“LuxurySnob”), according to the news release.

“U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, the defendants engaged in a years-long scheme to manipulate credit card companies and major retailers across New York and New Jersey by stealing credit cards and using those cards to purchase, and subsequently sell, luxury goods. The defendants took advantage of the public trust we place in U.S. Postal Service employees for their own financial gain.”

“Thanks to the diligence of the USPIS, the NYPD, and USPS-OIG, the defendants will now be held accountable for their brazen criminal conduct.”

Of the nine defendants in the arrests, three are postal employees.

Nathanael Foucault and Jonathan Persaud, U.S. postal employees, were arrested on Thursday in the Eastern District of New York and will be presented before Judge James L. Cott.

Fabiola Mompoint, a U.S. Postal Employee, was also arrested on Thursday in the District of New Jersey and will be presented before Judge Ja mesL. Cott, Gateway Pundit reported.

USPIS Inspector-in-Charge Daniel B. Brubaker called the arrested individuals members of a “criminal syndicate”.
Social Media posters observe that the USPS should not be trusted with mail-in ballots:

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