Federal Jury Convicts Tampa Man Of Mail Fraud Conspiracy
Tampa, FL - A federal jury last week found Galal Ramadan (61, Tampa) guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and fourteen counts of mail fraud. Ramadan faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison on each count. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 1, 2012. Ramadan was indicted on October 13, 2011.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in 1994, Ramadan started G.R. Marketing and Graphic Design, a bulk mail company. In 2000, he obtained a permit from the U.S. Postal Service allowing him to send bulk mail using a permit imprint in lieu of a stamp.
In 2005, Ramadan and an independent truck driver discussed a means to exploit an internal controls process in the mail delivery system whereby Ramadan would avoid paying for mail service, while still billing his customers for postage. In June 2005, Ramadan and the driver began executing the conspiracy by sending the bulk mail without paying the postage to the U.S. Postal Service. Ramadan and the driver continued the scheme for approximately two years. During this time, Ramadan continued to bill his customers for the postage.
In August 2006, Ramadan attempted to expand his business into political mailings. Unlike his other clients, the campaigns required a receipt from the Post Office, which he was not able to provide. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service received a tip about the scheme and initiated an investigation. In total, Ramadan mailed more than five million pieces of mail without ever paying the required postage to the U.S. Postal Service.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.