Baltimore Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $100,000 of Treasury Checks from the Mail
Scheme Involved Over 50 Victims
Baltimore, Maryland - Leonard Jenkins, age 27, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud, theft of mail and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme where he used his position as a mail carrier to steal over $100,000 of U.S. treasury checks, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, Jenkins was a mail carrier at the Druid Station post office in Maryland. From March 2006 to May 2007, Jenkins stole treasury checks that were to be delivered to recipients on his route and other carriers’ routes. In exchange for cash payments, Jenkins gave over $100,000 of the stolen checks to his conspirators, knowing that they would use fake identification documents to cash those checks at local check cashing establishments by posing as the intended recipients of the checks.
Jenkins faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud; five years in prison for theft of mail by a postal employee; and a mandatory two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence imposed for aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for November 3, 2009 at 9:15 a.m.
To date, eight defendants have pleaded guilty to their participation in this scheme, three of which have been sentenced. Morris Pinkett, age 35, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to using fake Maryland driver’s licenses to cash four stolen treasury checks which he received from another conspirator and was sentenced on May 13, 2009 to 57 months in prison. Similarly, Atif Tate, age 37, of Washington, D.C. metro area pleaded guilty to cashing a stolen check and was sentenced on April 2, 2009 to two years in prison. Most recently, Derrick Taylor, age 43, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty on June 11, 2009 to providing fake Maryland driver’s licenses for use by conspirators who cashed the stolen treasury checks and was sentenced on June 11, 2009 to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General; the Office of the Inspector General for the District of Columbia; and the Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended the United States Attorneys Office of the District of Columbia for their assistance in the case and praised Assistant United States Attorneys Tamera L. Fine and Emily Glatfelter, who are prosecuting the case.