NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that RYAN S. CORTEZ, age 47, of Des Allemands, Louisiana, was sentenced today for Misappropriation of Postal Funds.
According to court records, special agents with the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (“USPS-OIG”) were notified by PayPal and eBay regarding significant quantities of U.S. Postal stamps being sold by CORTEZ on eBay. A subsequent investigation by Postal OIG revealed that, as manager, CORTEZ had increased the North Kenner Post Office’s reserve stamp stock by more than $600,000.
Subpoenaed records from CORTEZ'S Regions Bank account revealed substantial deposits, including more than $58,000 in a one-month period in the summer of 2018.
During their investigation, Postal OIG agents determined CORTEZ withdrew thousands of dollars on a regular basis at the Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. Harrah’s records revealed CORTEZ lost over $667,000 since 2011 and lost over $220,000 in 2017. Postal records indicate CORTEZ earned an annual salary of $70,818.