Former Marblehead Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Conversion of Government Money
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
BOSTON – A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with two schemes to convert USPS funds.
Zeon Johnson, 28, of Saugus, pleaded guilty to one count of conversion of government money. U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Dec. 1, 2023. In May 2022, Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury.
Beginning in approximately August 2018, Johnson worked as a Sales and Service Distribution Associate for USPS at the Marblehead Post Office. As part of his job, Johnson sold stamps and processed money order transactions for USPS customers. From approximately July 2019 through June 2020, Johnson converted over $18,000 in USPS funds for personal use by stealing cash funds paid by customers for stamps and issuing USPS money orders payable to himself.
The charge of conversion of government money provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris, Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elysa Wan of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.
Updated September 6, 2023