Mail fraud has been a federal crime in the United States since 1872. This crime is defined as any fraudulent scheme to intentionally deprive another of property or honest services via the mail. In Florence, one former postal pleaded guilty earlier this week to the crime of mail fraud for re-directing packages to his accomplice.
Rodney Dewayne Clark of Birmingham pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of theft of mail by an officer or employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
Clark’s fraudulent scheme took place at the USPS’s Birmingham Distribution Center where he worked handling and directing mail. In June 2012, Clark and his accomplice, Daltery Robinson, conspired to embezzle packages by placing new mailing labels on them which then redirected the packages to Robinson’s home.
Once the package was relabeled with Robinson’s address, Clark would notify his accomplice that an embezzled package would be arriving shortly. On June 7, 2012, Clark embezzled a package for Gold Star Pawn in Bessemer that contained eleven handguns.
After Robinson received the embezzled mail, Clark would, according to court records, pay him $200.00 for each package.
Robinson pleaded guilty last November to one count of theft or receipt of mail matter, and Clark will be sentenced for his charges this summer on August 22.
The penalties for committing mail fraud can be quite severe. Any mail fraud conviction can result in high fines, long prison sentences, restitution and probation.
When facing any type of mail fraud charge, it is essential that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A skilled attorney who is familiar with mail fraud laws will be able to mount a strong defense on your behalf and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.