Former Postal Employee Pleads Guilty to Misappropriating over $78,000 in Postal Money Orders

Used the Money Orders to Pay Bills or for Cash

June 14, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - Former U.S. Postal Service employee Lamonica Henderson, age 42, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to misappropriation of postal funds in connection with a scheme to issue and convert to her own use over $78,000 in Postal Service money orders.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Joanne Yarbrough of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

According to Postal Service OIG Special Agent in Charge Joanne Yarbrough, “Theft of postal funds is a serious crime. Most postal employees would never think of taking a dime from the Postal Service. But when an individual steals money from the Postal Service, OIG Special Agents work quickly to bring an end to the criminal activity. I appreciate the work and partnership of the United States Attorney’s office with these investigations.”

According to Henderson’s plea agreement, from September 2007 through May 2009, Henderson was employed as a Sales and Service Associate at the Lanham-Seabrook Post Office in Prince George’s County and had authority to issue money orders for legitimate Postal Service business. During the course of her employment with the Postal Service, Henderson fraudulently issued “no-fee” Postal Service money orders payable to herself, family members, companies who provided benefits to her, and other fictitious payees, that she converted for her own personal use, totaling at least $78,413.44. Henderson used the money to pay her bills, including her rent, or for cash and often issued money orders in the names of family members or other associates to conceal the fraud.

Henderson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, has scheduled sentencing for September 27, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Christen A. Sproule, who is prosecuting the case.

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