NEW ORLEANS, LA - On July 21, 2021, Jill Lewis, a 40-year-old woman from Slidell, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud.
Lewis was involved in a postal fraud scheme. According to the guilty plea, it started around January 31, 2014, until around January 2016. Lewis and her accomplice submitted a number of false insurance claims to the United States Postal Service (USPS) for reimbursement, which caused the USPS to mail around $42,000 worth of checks to Lewis and her accomplice.
For instance, Lewis and her accomplice lied that they had sent jewelry or other items using mail and that the USPS had lost the items. After the false claims, Lewis and her accomplice forged invoices from retailers and submitted them to the USPS to support the reimbursement amounts. The forged documents and false claims enabled Lewis and her accomplice to receive reimbursement checks from the USPS.
Lewis's involvement in a postal fraud scam is in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 371. According to Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 3571, Lewis is facing up to 5 years of imprisonment, with up to $250,000 in fines, or double the gross gained by Lewis, or double the gross loss of USPS. After imprisonment, Lewis will also face up to 3 years of supervised release. According to the terms of the plea, a total of $42,749.74 is owed to USPS.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shirin Hakimzadeh. Lewis will be sentenced on December 1, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance.
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