A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee was arrested today for stealing mail, including stealing credit cards and stimulus checks from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Parrish Brookins, 29, of East Orange, is charged by complaint with mail theft by a Postal Service officer or employee.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From January 2021 to July 2021, certain credit cards addressed to third-party victims and mailed to addresses on postal routes in Verona and Montclair were stolen on or about the same dates that Brookins was delivering mail on those routes.
These credit cards subsequently were activated by Brookins and others and used to make and attempt to make fraudulent purchases in New Jersey and elsewhere.
From at least March 2021 to September 2021, Brookins also stole stimulus checks issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury likewise addressed to third-party victims and mailed to addresses on postal routes in Verona covered by Brookins, who then provided these checks to others for fraudulent purposes.