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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Philadelphia Man Sentenced To One Year And One Day In Prison For Role In Scheme To Steal And Cash Postal Money Orders

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in fraudulently cashing stolen U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in more than $22,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Anthony J. Bell, 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of transmitting and presenting unlawfully issued U.S. Postal Service money orders with intent to defraud the United States. Judge Rodriguez imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.9

According to the documents filed in this case, other cases, and statements made in court:

Bell admitted that a former U.S. Postal Service employee, Marc. E Saunders, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, provided Bell with stolen money orders and told him to recruit others to cash them. Bell admitted that he recruited individuals to cash the money orders and paid them a small fee, while keeping the rest of the money from the fraudulently cashed money orders for Saunders and himself. Bell also admitted he recruited an individual in York, Pennsylvania, to cash the money orders and paid the individual a small fee, keeping the rest of the money from the fraudulently cashed money orders for himself.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez sentenced Bell to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the USPS, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyson M. Oswald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Thomas Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden

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Press Release Number: 
18-255
Updated July 25, 2018