Former postal employees guilty of stealing U.S. Treasury checks

(Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg)

Two former United States Postal Service workers from Georgia have pleaded guilty for roles in a scheme to steal U.S. Treasury checks worth millions of dollars combined.

Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Ga. pleaded guilty today to stealing more than 1,300 Treasury checks worth nearly $3 million from an Atlanta mail-distribution center where he worked as a supervisor.

Another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville, Ga., pleaded guilty on Nov. 26 to conspiring with Eason to steal and cash additional checks. 

Atlanta residents Wendy Frasier, 35, and Daralyn M. Weaver, 31, as well as Jabril O. McKee, 25, of Fairburn, Ga. and Ohmar D. Braden, 36, of Lithonia, Ga. have also pleaded guilty for roles in the scheme. 

Federal agents video recorded Eason stealing the treasury checks from the mail-distribution center and observed him drive the checks to a residence where his co-conspirators were supposed to receive the checks and eventually cash them, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

The agents arrested Eason while he was attempting to collect his portion of the proceeds from the second delivery, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Eason and Fambro-Echols pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of stolen Treasury checks. Eason pleaded guilty to the additional charge of theft of government money.

McKee and Braden pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The charges involve sentences carrying maximum sentences ranging from five to 30 years apiece and fines of up to $1 million per count. The aggravated identity theft charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.  

The individuals who pleaded guilty are scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 27.     

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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