Five U.S. Postal Service employees have been charged with defrauding the government. According to a release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, “This is just the first in a wave of indictments to come that are targeted to root out fraud by postal workers claiming unemployment benefits.”
Nettles announced the five postal workers are from various offices from around the state and have been charged in making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits. The five who were indicted are: Diana Brown, age 49 of Marion; Keisha Weaver, age 34 of Pamplico; Corey Baker, age 41 of Lake City; Tracy Timmons, age 40 of Hemingway and Carmen Robertson, age 42 of Hartsville. The maximum penalty each could receive is 10 years imprisonment.
Special Agent in Charge of the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), Joanne Yarborough said that those being charged represent a very small percentage of the thousands of South Carolina postal workers entrusted by the department of which prides itself in its dedicated and professional employees.