Letter Carrier pleads guilty in scheme to steal and cash postal money orders

NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a scheme to steal and convert hundreds of blank U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in nearly $200,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jonel Normil, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to embezzle, convert to his use and the use of others U.S. Postal Service money orders.

According to the documents filed in this case, other cases, and statements made in court, Normil was employed as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. He also picked up and dropped off mail at the U.S. Post Office in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

Normil admitted that he used his position as a letter carrier to steal hundreds of U.S. Postal Service money orders from the Stone Harbor and Cape May Court House post offices. Normil gave the stolen money orders to other conspirators, who made them look legitimate and imprinted them with dollar values of $900 or $1,000 before depositing them into bank accounts or cashing them at post offices in New Jersey, New York, and Georgia.

The charge for conspiring to embezzle, steal, and convert blank U.S. Postal Service money orders carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. As part of his plea agreement, Normil agreed to the entry of a forfeiture order against him in the amount of approximately $181,000, which represents the approximate losses to financial institutions and the U.S. Postal Service resulting from the scheme. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2016.