An ex-janitor for the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced for three years in prison after admitting to stealing the personal information of co-workers and customers and using that info to commit insurance fraud, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Kayson Allen, 33, of Jersey City, was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement reached when he pleaded guilty to trafficking in personal identifying information in August, officials said.
He must also pay $11,464 in restitution to two insurance companies under the terms of the sentence handed down by Mercer County Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon.
Allen admitted that while working the night shift as a janitor at the USPS Processing and Distribution Center in Trenton, he rifled through office files and trash cans to obtain names, birthdates, and other personal identifying information of postal employees, applicants, and customers doing business at the postal facility, authorities said.
He then used the information to create fake IDs, file fraudulent insurance claims, and open bank accounts in the names of his victims.
â€œThe defendant used his position as a federal employee to victimize people who believed their personal information was safe in the hands of the US Postal Service,â€ Porrino said in a statement.
â€œHis prison sentence sends a message that we will not allow criminals to commit illegal acts behind the stolen identities of honest individuals.â€
The investigation into Allenâ€™s criminal activity began when he was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection officers while trying to re-enter the United States after a one-day trip to Canada in September 2013.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Allen possessed more than 50 documents containing personal identifying information of other individuals, including Social Security numbers, falsified drivers licenses, insurance policy applications, bills and bank account information, according to court documents.
The case was subsequently referred to the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
The OIFP investigation revealed that Allen falsely assumed the identity of three postal workers and another person to obtain four fraudulent insurance policies in their names.
The investigation further revealed that he submitted a false claim on each of the policies for thefts that never occurred:
A claim filed with American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida seeking $7,750 for jewelry purportedly stolen during a robbery in Camden.
A claim filed with American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida seeking $1,387 for an iPhone and a â€œJoe Rodeoâ€ watch purportedly stolen in Clearwater, Florida.
A claim filed with Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance seeking approximately $2,800 for a watch and money purportedly stolen in Tampa, Florida.
A claim filed with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company seeking $2,327 for a gold rope chain and medallion purportedly stolen in Niagara Falls.
All but the claim to Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance were paid.
Under the terms of Allenâ€™s sentence, he must make restitution to American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida in the amount of $9,137 and to Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in the amount of $2,327.