Antoine Green, a former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama to crimes related to his involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced.
According to court documents, between November 2011 and October 2012, Green, who was employed as a postal carrier with the USPS in Montgomery, Ala., stole at least 61 U.S. Treasury tax refund checks from his mail route. The checks, which totaled approximately $145,952, were issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with fraudulent tax returns filed in the names of identity theft victims.
For his involvement in the scheme, Green pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money and one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. He faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
Trial Attorneys Chad Edgar and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division prosecuted the case. Special Agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation and USPS Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation.