2 years for check-stealing postal worker
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
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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