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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

U.S. Postal Service Employee Charged with Embezzlement Through Postal Money Orders

BOSTON – A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with embezzling over $18,000.

Rashayna Seney, 25, of Randolph, was charged in an Information with one count of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records.

According to the charging document, Seney began working for USPS around 2016, most recently as a Sales & Service Distribution Associate at the Waban Post Office. In this role, Seney had the ability to issue foreign and domestic postal money orders. Seney engaged in a scheme in which she issued money orders to friends and then voided the transactions so that her friends could deposit the orders without ever paying for them. Additionally, Seney used counterfeit bills in exchange for some money orders that her associates then cashed. It is alleged that Seney’s scheme cost the USPS over $18,000.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Office; Joseph W. Cronin, Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; and Stephen A. Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Lelling’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Public Corruption
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Updated December 19, 2018