BROCKTON — A Brockton woman was convicted of one count of theft of government money and three counts of wire fraud after embezzling more than $96,000 and fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits during her time as a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts announced in a news release at the beginning of the month.
Jamesa Rankins, 27, of Brockton, was originally indicted in July of 2022. Last Wednesday, she was found guilty on all four counts.
“The public’s trust and confidence in our government is eroded when federal employees abuse their positions for personal gain. That is exactly what happened in this case,” said Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy. “Ms. Rankins exploited her position to embezzle nearly $100,000 in money orders from her employer, the U.S. Postal Service, at the same time she was trying to fleece taxpayers by fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits,” he said.