A former postal employee was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal U.S. Treasury checks from the mail and either sell them on the street or deposit them in bank accounts opened with stolen or fraudulent personal information. The bank funds were then withdrawn or used to make retail purchases with the use of debit cards.

An investigation by the Providence Police Department Intelligence and Organized Crime Unit and the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) resulted in the seizure of approximately $1.6 million dollars worth of stolen U.S. Treasury checks, dozens of stolen gift cards, and more than $165,000 in proceeds gained as a result of the sale of stolen checks and gift cards.

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