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U.S. Postal Service employees prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud U.S., theft

Badi Mohamed arrested, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A U.S. Postal Service employee has been arrested for conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of government money and theft of mail, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced.

Badi Mohamed, 30, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The U.S. Attorney's Office said he could be ordered to pay at least $20,741 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Additionally, a U.S. district judge on Thursday sentenced U.S. Postal Service employee Veronica Skrine, 54, to two years' probation in a related case, which includes a one-month term of home confinement, for conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of government property, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Skrine also was ordered to pay $44,334.23 in restitution to the IRS. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Skrine pleaded guilty Nov. 18.

Skrine conspired with Lorne Jordan to cash stolen U.S. Treasury checks in the names of others, according to court documents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Skrine and Jordan entered into an arrangement in 2013 and again in 2015 to use her employment at a U.S. Post Office to accept Treasury checks in other persons' names and to cash them using funds held by the U.S. Postal Service.

Skrine was paid $100 per $1,000 of the face value of each check, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Jordan was sentenced Aug. 23 to four years, three months in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Attorney's Office said she was also ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $120,713.09.