On Friday, November 3, 2017, it was announced that a former United States Postal Service employee had been arrested and charged in relation to embezzling over $22,000. 37-year-old Dennis Reis of Taunton, Massachusetts was charged with one count of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or record. The defendant is expected to appear in a federal courtroom in Boston later this afternoon.
The indictment explains that Reis worked for USPS since roughly 2000. He was the Lead Sales & Service Associate at the East Taunton Post Office since 2014. He was responsible for selling stamps to customers and maintaining track of the funds and stamp stock. It is alleged that Reis was involved in a scheme to embezzle funds by voiding cash transactions of stamps so the system would be unable to account for the cash paid by customers. It is suspected that this activity took place from January 2015 to March 2017.
Then, it is alleged that Reis entered a “no sale” transaction. This caused his cash drawer to open. Reis is accused of taking at least $22,773 from USPS customers with the intention of using the money for his own personal use. If the defendant is found guilty, he could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
At this point in time, the defendant remains innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.