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Postal Employee Sentenced For Stealing Treasury Checks From The Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Nathaniel M. Johnson, aged 57, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Albany, to serve 15 months in the Bureau of Prisons for theft of mail by a postal employee.

Mr. Johnson previously entered a guilty plea to the charge on October 4, 2013.  As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Johnson admitted that, while he was a postal employee, he rifled through, opened and stole United States mail, including U.S. Treasury checks, during April 2013.  There were 10 identified victims who experienced losses totaling more than $30,000.

“We all count on our postal employees to handle and deliver some of our most important things.  From wedding invitations to tax returns and payroll checks, a great deal of trust is placed in postal workers.  Most of the good folks at the post office care deeply about the people they serve, making sure that nothing stands in the way of the mail delivery.  Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson cared more about enriching himself than serving the public and, in doing so, dishonored the many others whose dedication is legendary,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

“The United States Secret Service will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate the theft and negotiation of U.S. Treasury checks.  We will work closely with prosecutors to ensure offenders, like Mr. Johnson, who abuse public trust are put behind bars,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2603.

Updated February 19, 2015