Feds: Ex-postal worker in Gwinnett stole mail, forged checks

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

A former postal employee in Gwinnett County is facing federal charges after he allegedly stole mail and cashed a forged check, prosecutors said.

Zachary Adam Johnson, 41, of Snellville, was indicted Aug. 16 on charges of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen mail, postal burglary and mail theft, U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said Wednesday in a news release.

Pak said Johnson “allegedly abused his position as a former postal employee to exploit the U.S. mail system in order to steal identities and commit bank fraud.”

Johnson was captured on surveillance footage June 26 cashing a forged check at a SunTrust Bank in Loganville, Pak said.

He tried to cash another forged check at a Regions Bank in Snellville on June 28,  but bank employees felt the signature looked suspicious, and they called the customer to check things out, according to the release.

After learning that the check was forged, bank employees called Snellville police, who arrested Johnson, authorities said.

While out on bond from that arrest, Johnson was captured twice on a surveillance camera stealing letters and parcels from a U.S. Post Office on Oak Road in Snellville, according to Pak.

“A search of Johnson’s car revealed a large quantity of stolen mail,” Pak said.

He was arraigned on the charges Monday.

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