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Former Employee of Yatahey Contract Postal Unit Pleads Guilty to Federal Misdemeanor Embezzlement Charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Ahmed Abder-Rahman, 25, of Gallup, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a misdemeanor charge of theft of government property.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Abder-Rahman will be sentenced to a term of probation and ordered to pay $10, 242.00 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the victim of his criminal conduct.

Abder-Rahman was arrested on June 18, 2015, on an indictment charging him with theft of government property and theft of money orders.  According to the indictment, Abder-Rahman stole 13 money orders with a total value of $10,242.00 from the Yatahey Contract Postal Unit (CPU) of the USPS from April 30, 2014 through May 12, 2014, in McKinley County, N.M.  At the time the crimes were committed, Abder-Rahman was employed by the Yatahey CPU.

During today’s plea hearing, Abder-Rahman pled guilty to a misdemeanor information charging him with theft of government property.  In entering his guilty plea, Abder-Rahman admitted that he had access to USPS funds, supplies and equipment at the Yatahey CPU, and fraudulently negotiated money orders in the aggregate amount of $10,242.00 in April and May 2014, without having received the money payable on the money orders.  Court records reflect that Abder-Rahman used some of the money to pay off personal debts.   

A sentencing hearing for Abder-Rahman has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez.

Updated October 27, 2015