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Marblehead postal worker pleads guilty to conversion of government funds

BOSTON — A Saugus man who worked as a postal worker in Marblehead pleaded guilty to one count of conversion of government money in federal court Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office for Massachusetts said in a statement.

The statement said that Zeon Johnson, 28, worked as a sales and service distribution associate for the U.S. Postal Service at the Marblehead Post Office, where he sold stamps and processed money-order transactions for postal-service customers, beginning in August 2018.

From July 2019 through June 2020, Johnson converted more than $18,000 in USPS funds for personal use by stealing cash funds paid by customers for stamps and issuing money orders payable to himself.

Johnson was indicted in May last year, and will be sentenced in December. The charge of conversion of government money carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

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