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2 years for check-stealing postal worker

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A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced Thursday to 25 months in prison and ordered to repay $134,417 in U.S. and District treasury checks that she stole over nearly two years from more than 50 Northeast Washington residents and businesses, authorities said Thursday.

Shareen Wilson, 42, pleaded guilty June 2 to one count of mail theft and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of a ring that relied on her to steal federal income tax refund, Social Security and payroll checks as well as District payments to foster parents.

Wilson stole checks mailed to recipients on her route and other carriers’ working out of the postal service’s River Terrace Carrier Annex from May 2008 through Feb. 2010, according to authorities.

In announcing the sentence by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates of the District, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Wilson worked with a co-conspirator who recruited at least eight check cashers to cash checks, usually at local liquor stores, using fake identification documents obtained from a man known as “ID Dude.”

Wilson was paid $200 to $850 per check, according to authorities.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 12, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Cons & Scams , From the Courthouse , Spencer S. Hsu , The District  
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This is sickening! You would think you could at least trust the mail carrier who is FEDERALLY EMPLOYED. But not to be able to trust the entire system from the Social Security Office to the Mail Carrier to the Local Liquor Store is just one step away from ^&>@#?@()*&^ Just where DOES the BUCK STOP?

Posted by: veron2005 | August 12, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The only reason this carrier was convicted was because she wasn't a manager, supervisor, Postmaster or anything else higher up on the Postal ladder. I know of a Postmaster in D&**fs, VA who stole and embezzled THOUSANDS of dollars. Guess what, no jail time--he was allowed to retire and keep his pensions and everything. It wasn't even put in the newspaper. It's all about who you know, who you run with, and obviously what position you hold. The Postal "Service" is just full of cronyism, butt-kissing and slime. The actual people who work never get a fraction of the recognition or thanks for their hard work. They just get pushed and pushed and pushed by the "higher ups" who are greedy for the bonuses they get for pushing these people. From experience--trust me.

Posted by: gonzofam | August 13, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"Shareen."

Hmmmm....

Posted by: Smarg | August 13, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

ginzofam: everybody knows that already, about the work culture at the PO.

But she was caught because she was robbing the mails over and over and over again. It's not as though she was late to work or missed a day. She did the most detestable thing a carrier can do, which I'm sure is something you'll agree should NEVER happen, under any circumstances. She did more harm to carriers everywhere as any sadistic supervisor could in his sickest fantasies.

What amazes me is that she got off with ONE count. Any mail tampering carries an automatic minimum one-year sentence. Each theft could have been prosecuted as a separate count, leaving her looking at life in the federal pen. And she'd deserve it.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 13, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"This is sickening! You would think you could at least trust the mail carrier who is FEDERALLY EMPLOYED."

Come on, dude. The odds that any given Federal employee would engage in crime, not to mention an ongoing criminal conspiracy, could be 1% or less.

There are millions of Federal employees. Do the math.

This is the basic problem. You can't have millions of government agents all with special powers and not have pervasive crime simply as a result of their existence and authority.

Posted by: dubya1938 | August 13, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"What amazes me is that she got off with ONE count. Any mail tampering carries an automatic minimum one-year sentence. Each theft could have been prosecuted as a separate count, leaving her looking at life in the federal pen. And she'd deserve it."

...would she, really?
So she steals $150k worth of checks, gives them over to a guy who cashes them with phony IDs, and you think the best answer is 20 years in jail, at a cost of $25k/year totalling $500k to the state, vs a mere 2 years (of which she'll only serve 1 for good behavior) and then making her pay back the money, plus taxes on her income?

A pretty simple choice to me.

Posted by: dubya1938 | August 13, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I bet she was black.

Posted by: nyx567 | August 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I bet she was black.

Posted by: nyx567
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Like your mom's boyfriend/

Posted by: ceefer66 | August 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope they caught ID Dude too.

Posted by: sarahabc | August 13, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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