NEWARK, NJ — A former United States Postal Service (USPS) employee has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance benefits, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger has announced.
Khaori Monroe, 29, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals to a report charging him with one count of wire fraud. Judge Neals imposed the sentence by videoconference on September 20, 2022.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Monroe was employed as a postman with the USPS. From July 2020 to October 2020, Monroe and others stole credit/debit cards containing unemployment insurance benefits from a location in New Jersey. Monroe and others then activated the cards and used them to raise over $40,000.
In addition to the jail sentence, Judge Neals sentenced Monroe to two years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $53,321.05 and forfeiture in the amount of $24,924.16. $.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents in the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, under Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Mellone in Manhattan; and postal inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under Acting Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero, Philadelphia Division, the investigation leading to the conviction.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark.
Defense Attorney: Khari O. Moore Esq., Newark, New Jersey