Nine defendants, including three US Postal Service (USPS) employees, have been charged with an alleged $1.3 million conspiracy to commit fraud and identity theft.
Nathanael Foucault, Johnathan Persaud and Fabiola Mompoint, all USPS employees, have allegedly been conspiring since December 2018 to steal credit cards from the mail and use them at various high-end New York City-area stores before they sold goods on the Internet to account in millions, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) release last week.
After the stolen credit cards were intercepted in the email stream, the defendants allegedly intended to activate them with personally identifiable information stolen from the intended recipients. The DOJ said the program resulted in more than $1.3 million in intended losses and the theft of hundreds of identities.
Five people allegedly involved, but not USPS employees, remain at large, the DOJ said Thursday.
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“As alleged, the defendants engaged in a year-long plan to manipulate credit card companies and major retailers throughout New York and New Jersey by stealing credit cards and using those cards to purchase and then sell luxury goods,” Damian Williams said. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“The defendants used the public trust we place in US Postal Service employees for their own financial gain. Thanks to the diligence of the USPIS, NYPD, and USPS-OIG, the defendants will now be held accountable for their brazen criminal conduct. ‘ Williams adds.
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USPIS inspector in charge Daniel B. Brubaker called the alleged crimes an “elaborate scheme to defraud multiple national financial institutions.”
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“Make no mistake, the Postal Inspection Service will not allow thieves, no matter who they are, to use the US Mail to harm mail customers or the financial institutions that serve them. We are pleased that the members of this criminal syndicate have been arrested. and her crime spree came to an abrupt end,” added Brubaker.
If convicted, federal charges against the defendants carry long prison terms.