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Customer Embezzles $33,072.68 From The United States Postal Service

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced that JOHN GIBSON, III, age 37, of Oswego, N.Y., announced today the federal arrest of a postal customer for theft of government property.

A federal indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y. on Thursday, January 10, 2013, charged JOHN GIBSON, III with theft of government property in the amount of $33,072.68. The indictment alleges that GIBSON, III purchased 91 postal money orders with checks drawn on closed checking accounts.

JOHN GIBSON, III was arrested today and made his initial appearance before the Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, United States Magistrate Judge. GIBSON, III was released on his own recognizance.

GIBSON, III faces a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

GIBSON, III’s arrest is the result of a joint investigation by U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The investigation began in June 2012.

JOHN GIBSON, III is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara B. Thomson, who can be reached at 448-0672.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 29, 2015