A worker at the Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility and two local mechanics are currently facing Alabama fraud charges in federal court. The trio is charge with conspiracy to defraud the postal service in a billing kick-back scheme, according to Alabama Live. The Postal Service workers allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for mechanic work and concealed payments on the false invoices, obtaining more than $300,000 from the postal service.
“The Postal Service manages almost $42 billion in contracts, ranging from multi-million dollar national contracts to local vehicle maintenance service contracts. Although most contracts and payments are managed appropriately, the huge dollar value provides opportunities for contractors and employees to defraud the Postal Service,” said Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Major Fraud Investigations Division Special Agent in Charge Torri Piper.
Our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers understand these are complex cases. Whenever a defendant is accused of billing fraud, or of taking money from a common business account, a defense attorney with experience handling complex financial crimes should be consulted. Charging high prices is not illegal. And the government’s ineptness does not entitle it to automatic victimhood. A lack of organization can also lead to misunderstandings and false accusations. And cases in which numerous victims have access to accounts can leave a defendant vulnerable to false charges.
The three are being charged in federal court for falsifying repairs to the Postal Service company vehicles. While the two mechanics often provided services to the mail carrier vehicles at their Birmingham facility, the supervisor at the Postal Service maintenance facility allegedly accessed credit card information assigned to those company vehicles and billed false repairs on them. The mail service would then pay those bills and the three would split the profits for work that supposedly never happened
The Postal Service is seeking a forfeiture of $330,000 and a maximum sentence of 20 years on the money laundering conspiracy count, 20 years in prison on each fraud count and 10 years on the conspiracy to defraud count.
If you’re facing allegations of defrauding a company or any other type of fraud charge, including insurance fraud or real estate fraud, you are urged to immediately contact an experienced Alabama defense lawyer.