Texas postal employee used USPS fuel cards for private vehicle–even after resignation

Texas man pleads guilty to using postal service fuel cards for private vehicle

10/24/2017  LAKE CHARLES, La.  Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a former Lake Charles post office employee pleaded guilty last week to using U.S. Postal Service fuel cards for his personal vehicle.

Shawn Bell Jr., 21, of Port Arthur, Texas, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of use of an unauthorized access device. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. According to the guilty plea, Bell started using U.S. Postal Service fuel cards for his private vehicle starting on November 29, 2016. Bell resigned as a route driver for the Drew Station Post Office in Lake Charles on January 12, 2017, after law enforcement agents interviewed him about U.S. mail from his route found discarded in a dumpster. Even after his resignation, he kept the fuel cards and used them through April 10, 2017 for a total loss to the U.S. Postal Service of $2,021.24.

Bell faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set a January 18, 2018 sentencing date.

The U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys T. Forrest Phillips and Robert C. Abendroth are prosecuting the case.

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5 thoughts on “Texas postal employee used USPS fuel cards for private vehicle–even after resignation

  1. oh but it is a-ok for Muffin “IOD” Meghan to get bonus money on ginned up numbers………white collar crime seems to be allowed these days……..just look at the Clinton Crime Foundation and the crooks behind it. Muffin was an Obammy holdover so I am not surprised with this thug ripping the place off.

      • Well…..He HAD a job! A job that could had afford him all of the fuel he could use. If he didn’t want the PO job, why would he look for another job somewhere else???? DuH!!!

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