A guy from Essex County has admitted to trying to bribe an undercover postal inspector in order to get the keys to locked mailboxes.
On Wednesday, Amin Jones, of Orange, pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and bribery of U.S. Postal Service postal carriers.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims that Jones and others paid bribes to postal workers in exchange for postal arrow keys, which may be used to open secured USPS mail drop boxes.
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The bribes typically ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.
Jones and another person, according to authorities, approached at least four mail carriers in Newark and East Orange between June and July 2021 and gave them letters discussing the possible trade. Officials believe that an undercover inspector was among the carriers who were attacked.
Authorities further claim that Jones and others worked together to steal mail and use the contents to fraudulently withdraw money from banks.
Police said the group would use stolen identities and bank account information to withdraw money using counterfeit checks and bank cards.
Jones’s (now 29) sentencing is set for April 25. Punishment for the bribery charge can go as high as 15 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Bank fraud conspiracy involves a maximum possible punishment of $1 million and a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in jail.