New Jersey USPS Supervisor Accused of Stealing over $15,000 from cash deposits

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CAMDEN, N.J. – A Delran, New Jersey, man will appear in federal court today to face charges that he abused his position as a U.S. Postal Service supervisor to steal cash deposits, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Amar D. Patel, 35, is charged by complaint with knowingly embezzling, stealing, purloining, and converting to his use U.S. Postal Service funds exceeding $1,000. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court.

According to the complaint:

In July 2016, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General started investigating shortages in cash deposits reported by the Riverside, New Jersey, Delanco, New Jersey, and Delran post offices. Patel – who was a supervisor at those three offices – had access to deposit bags containing cash acquired during retail operations.

As part of the investigation, agents installed covert surveillance cameras inside the Riverside post office. On Jan. 14, 2017, one of the surveillance cameras captured images of Patel tearing open a sealed deposit bag, removing cash deposits, and placing the funds into his pocket. According to U.S. Postal Service financial records and bank deposit records, the Riverside office’s deposit was short $1,650 on Jan. 14, 2017.

Based on this and other information, Patel is accused of stealing $15,700 in U.S. Postal Service funds on 12 separate occasions from Feb. 20, 2016, through Jan. 14, 2017.

The embezzlement charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Monica Weyler, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

13 thoughts on “New Jersey USPS Supervisor Accused of Stealing over $15,000 from cash deposits

  1. Wow!

    There’s been a ton of cases lately involving postal management breaking the law.

    Postal management is really going to hell in a handbasket!

  2. when the Judge asks Patel if he is guilty or not guilty…..you just know he will answer in that great postal program PC way…..”no speak english”!

  3. he stole 15K and the po mismanagers lose 20 Billion a year? PO OIG should write a compare/contrast report how money just slips between their fingers…..one way or another lol!

  4. And I’m sure the poor close-out clerk was suspected for stealing and watched when this first started. I wonder how this thief handled it when the bank sent a discrepancy report? Did he threaten the close-out clerk with discipline? I was off a few times mainly due to bills sticking together, but small amounts, and not always short..sometimes there was an overage.
    And we used to put the deposit envelopes in a registered rotary lock sack, so this scum would have had to cut the bag and break the seal of the deposit envelope ( and I round-dated it several times where the envelope flap overlapped the envelope so it would have been almost impossible to open it without it being noticed).
    This scumbag should go to prison for awhile, immediately fired (not transferred), with full restitution and a hefty fine.

  5. Tsk!Tsk!Tsk!

    Learn from me, don’t ever steal from customers. Steal from company and you’d never get caught.

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