Widget Image
Follow PPD Social Media
Follow Us:
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
HomeNewsUSU.S. Postal Service Employee Indicted in Identity Theft Refund Scheme

U.S. Postal Service Employee Indicted in Identity Theft Refund Scheme

United States Postal Service (USPS) clerks sort mail at the Lincoln Park carriers annex in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Fraud Scheme Used U.S. Postal Service Route, Employee to Cash In

United States Postal Service (USPS) clerks sort mail at the Lincoln Park carriers annex in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

United States Postal Service (USPS) clerks sort mail at the Lincoln Park carriers annex in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

A U.S. Postal Service employee was indicted for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme, newly-unsealed Justice Department (DOJ) records show.

Demetrius Jones, who had a postal route located in Phenix City, Alabama, is alleged to have joined in a scheme to file false tax returns using stolen identities in order to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. Mr. Jones’ co-conspirators allegedly obtained stolen personal identification information from several sources, including from an Alabama state database.

They then allegedly prepared and filed false federal income tax returns.

Federal prosecutors also allege in the indictment that the co-conspirators directed the tax refund checks to be mailed to addresses located on Mr. Jones’s postal route. They would then pay Mr. Jones a fee for him to deliver the checks.

If convicted, Mr. Jones faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the conspiracy count, 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud, and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft. But that’s not the end of his legal troubles.

The defendant also faces substantial monetary penalties, supervised release, restitution, and forfeiture.

Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and Gregory P. Bailey of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ross of the Middle District of Alabama, are prosecuting the case.

Written by
Staff Writing Group

People's Pundit Daily delivers reader-funded data journalism covering the latest news in politics, polls, elections, business, the economy and markets.

Latest comments

leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

People's Pundit Daily
You have %%pigeonMeterAvailable%% free %%pigeonCopyPage%% remaining this month. Get unlimited access and support reader-funded, independent data journalism.

Start a 14-day free trial now. Pay later!

Start Trial