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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

U.S. Postal Service Worker Charged with Importing a Controlled Substance

BOSTON – An employee of the United States Postal Service (USPS) was charged today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with purchasing and importing anabolic steroids.

John A. Psehoyas, 54, was charged with one count of importation of a controlled substance.  According to the terms of the plea agreement also filed today, Psehoyas has agreed to plead guilty and resign from USPS.  A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled. 

According to the charging document, Psehoyas was a customer service supervisor at the Lynnfield, Mass. Post Office.  From August 2014 to March 2016, Psehoyas purchased anabolic steroids, a controlled substance, from online sources.  He had the parcels containing steroids shipped to him from China, Poland, Turkey and Romania.  The parcels were addressed to multiple addresses to avoid suspicion, but Psehoyas tracked the parcels using a USPS tracking system. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Eileen Neff, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption 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 15, 2016