North Carolina woman pleads guilty mail fraud in connection with filing false USPS Priority Mail insurance claims

Published 1:53 pm Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Raleigh woman pleaded guilty March 24 to mail fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, according to the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents, Jasmine Shyann Frederick, 32, of Raleigh, admitted to carrying out a scheme to profit from the filing of false Priority Mail insurance claims.

The criminal information, to which the defendant pled guilty, states that the United States Postal Service (USPS) insures Priority Mail packages up to $100. To qualify for payment, the addressee or sender must send proof of the cost or value of the lost or damaged item, either online or by mail, stated the release, and applicants for insurance payments must certify the truthfulness of their submissions.

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“The Criminal Information further alleges that between December of 2017, and continuing to July of 2019, the defendant submitted and caused to be submitted hundreds of false insurance claims for Priority Mail packages shipped by the USPS. Using USPS.com accounts in her name, and that of her sister, the defendant uploaded stock pictures of allegedly lost or damaged merchandise. The defendant also supplied Priority Mail tracking numbers acquired online,” the release continued.

“The Criminal Information further alleges that the USPS mailed numerous insurance claim checks to the defendant’s home in Raleigh. The defendant deposited these checks into her bank accounts or cashed them through her sister’s accounts. In total, the defendant negotiated and caused to be negotiated $38,614.74 in claim checks she received through the scheme,” stated the release.

Frederick faces a up to 20 years in prison when sentenced in June.

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after United States Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers II accepted the plea. The United States Postal Inspection Service is investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Gilmore is prosecuting.

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