Three U.S. Postal Service workers stole credit cards from the mail while on the job and bought more than $1.3 million in designer duds and accessories to sell online, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.
Chanel, Fendi, Hermes, and Dior were the brands of choice, according to a federal indictment unsealed in Manhattan on Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said the workers’ “brazen criminal conduct” began in December 2018.
The scam saw them “manipulate credit card companies and major retailers across New York and New Jersey by stealing credit cards and using those cards to purchase, and subsequently sell, luxury goods,” Williams said.
“The defendants took advantage of the public trust we place in U.S. Postal Service employees for their own financial gain,” he added.
Postal workers Nathanael Foucault, Johnathan Persaud, and Fabiola Mompoint allegedly swiped the cards and handed them off to five associates or “shoppers” who bought the luxury clothes and bags at department stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.
Foucault, Mompoint and Persaud are facing charges of access device fraud, bank fraud, and other related crimes.
The accused “shoppers,” Rahsaan Richards, Devon Richards, Conrad Heron, Louis Jeune Verly, and Kareem Shepherd, are still at large, federal officials said. As was Johnny Damus, who directed them to buy what he resold on LuxurySnob.com, which describes itself as an online store specializing in “pre-owned luxury items.”
Matthew Modafferi, the special agent-in-charge of the postal service’s Office of Inspector General, said the agency’s probe is not over.
“The conduct alleged is disgraceful,” said Modafferi. “Our office will continue to vigorously investigate postal service employees and their co-conspirators who violate the public’s trust.”