BOSTON — A former United States Postal Service (USPS) employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with two schemes to steal USPS funds.
Zeon Johnson, 27, of Saugus, has been charged with one count of theft of government money. Johnson will appear in federal court in Boston on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge Marianne B. Bowler.
According to the indictment, from around August 2018, Johnson worked as a sales and service distribution associate for the USPS at the Marblehead Post Office. As part of his job, Johnson sold stamps and processed money order transactions for USPS clients. It is alleged that from approximately July 2019 to June 18, 2020, Johnson engaged in two schemes to convert USPS funds for personal use.
It is alleged that Johnson intentionally reversed cash transaction sales of USPS stamps to customers, resulting in no record of cash payments for the stamps, and then stole the money for his personal use. It is further alleged that Johnson stole funds from the USPS through fraudulent money orders, specifically by issuing himself blank money orders, money order refunds as well as money orders payable to himself. In total, Johnson is alleged to have stolen over $18,000 in USPS funds.
The government money theft charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of probation and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Inspector General’s Office, Northeast Region Office, made the announcement today. today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris, deputy head of Rollins’ Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit, is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.