Toledo woman sentenced for scamming U.S. Postal Service
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:22:56 GMT —
A 35-year-old Toledo woman scammed the U.S. Postal Service out of more than $164,000, according to the Department of Justice.
Levette J. Douglas received a 27-month-prison sentence at a U.S. District Court for making insurance claims for packages that were falsified as lost or damaged.
She pleaded guilty last October to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
A three-year investigation from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General revealed Douglas and her co-conspirators purchased insurance for about 300 parcels. Those packages were delivered, but were claimed as lost or damaged.
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Douglas also filed falsified documents to the accounting department that she had not received deliveries for several months. That's where her story fell through.
Officials noticed one of the documents listed a phone number in the letter, which traced back to Douglas. Authorities were then able to track down documents of signatures confirming the original delivery receipt.
Douglas agreed to pay more than the $164,000 in criminal forfeiture and restitution as part of her plea agreement. She will also have to serve three years of probation upon her release.