Postal Worker Gets 2 Years in Prison for Stealing Over $400,000

October 12, 2007 by
Filed under: legal cases, postal clerks 

A postal worker from Tracy was sentenced today to two years in prison for stealing almost half a million dollars worth of money orders, authorities said.

Manuel A. Moreno, 46, pleaded guilty in April to one count of theft of a money order.

In entering the plea, Moreno admitted issuing himself money orders between October 2003 and July 2005 without paying their full face value.

Moreno has no prior criminal history and assisted in the investigation by highlighting loopholes in the U.S. Postal Service’s accounting system and auditing procedures, Assistant U.S. Attorney Shashi Kewalramani wrote in court documents.

This information allowed the agency to modify the accounting and audit procedures such that thefts on the order of what the defendant was able to carry out may be averted in the future. (source: court documents)

But Moreno has a gambling problem and needs treatment, authorities said. Moreno admitted to using money for gambling and personal expenses, federal prosecutors said.

source: San Francisco Chronicle or Tri-Valley Herald

According to court records in addition to the 24 month sentence, Moreno was sentenced to 3 years supervised release; $100 special assessment and $410,959.26 restitution.


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  1. jaybe on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 2:51 pm
  2. Where is this guy going to get the $410,959.26 he has to pay in restitution? There goes any hope we had of a pay increase this year.

  3. retired1 on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 3:23 pm
  4. Is he illegal?

  5. Retarded1 on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 3:30 pm
  6. Have you ever seen an illegal worked for USPS?

  7. lostin254 on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 3:30 pm
  8. Wow would you do 2 years for 400,000?

  9. Interesting on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 7:04 pm
  10. Great. He is probably the brother of a girl I went to High School with, her nickname was Boo. She use to go out with a guy with the last name Nicholson. She was popular.

  11. b on Fri, 12th Oct 2007 11:36 pm
  12. gee that was real moral of him to assist blah blah whatever………gee, where was management at when this was goin on?………..duh……i mean he obviously didn’t steal the 400 grand in one day printin his own money orders………accountability?

  13. anon on Mon, 15th Oct 2007 3:45 am
  14. How come the stupid managers at the post office didn’t know this could be done so easily? Where were the checks and balances? (sorry for the pun)
    How could it take years to find this theft? Imagine how much more theft the post office hasn’t found yet!

  15. Mailmaam Sue on Thu, 18th Oct 2007 8:22 am
  16. The thief WAS a manager!

  17. route9 on Tue, 23rd Oct 2007 2:01 pm
  18. the reason it took so long was that,they had to get the manager[s] involved out of the mix..i don’t think that is so far fetched.

  19. Mike on Tue, 11th Nov 2008 6:33 pm
  20. The POS machine lists the money order and amount on the receipt. Was the person clearing this clerk “asleep at the wheel” when closing out this clerk?

    The money order prints last in the sequence of events with the POS, so you couldn’t void the transaction from the receipt. So then the Clerk Supervisor needs to held somewhat accountable also, since they should have caught it.

    Unless this Supervisor was involved in some way, you would see that a money order was sold, but no funds were turned in for it at close out.

    The POS also keeps track of the number of money orders sold, so a Clerk can’t just steal a few and expect to get away with it. The Clerk is liable for all money orders issued to them and each one has a tracking number.