Former Avondale Woman Sentenced To Three Years of Probation for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud | USAO-EDLA

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that PENNY JOHNSON, age 52, a former resident of Avondale, Louisiana, who now lives in Mississippi, was sentenced on December 9, 2020 to three (3) years of probation for conspiracy to commit mail fraud by United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana Sarah S. Vance.  

According to the charging document, JOHNSON participated in a “work at home” re-shipping scam wherein internet fraudsters would direct items purchased from sellers such as eBay to JOHNSON’s residence. As part of the scheme, JOHNSON would then inspect the contents and re-ship the mail and other packages to the fraudsters. Prior to the Indictment, JOHNSON had been advised by United States Postal inspectors that she was facilitating a fraud upon eBay and other online customers, but she persisted. JOHNSON went on to make false statements to the inspectors when she was later questioned after the first warning.  The stolen/diverted mail included items such as a paintball gun, a drone, two Dyson vacuum cleaners, women’s shoes, two Apple Air Mac books, and a smart phone.

In addition to probation, JOHNSON was ordered to pay a $100 mandatory assessment.  

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service for their investigation of the matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera is in charge of the prosecution.

 

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