by Aaron Gibson, March 3, 2016
A former post office employee accused of stealing more than $1,000 in money orders from the Decatur branch where he worked was indicted on fourteen counts by a Brown County grand jury on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Ryan K. Mason, age 32 of Peebles, Adams County, was indicted Thursday on charges of theft and forgery, fifth-degree felonies, and tampering with records, a third-degree felony.
The indictment alleges through the month of Oct. 2015, Mason, while an employee at the U.S. Post Office in Decatur, stole U.S. Postal Service funds by taking six money orders to be used for his own benefit without any authorization from the company to do so.
According to prosecutors, Mason allegedly attempted to use the money orders despite the U.S. Postal Service entering them into the system as voided.
Mason allegedly traded two of the money orders to another individual for a firearm, while using another money order to pay a car payment, prosecutors said.
A special agent from the Office of the Ohio Inspector General assisted the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office in making the case against Mason.
Deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office are currently in the process of serving Mason with a summons to appear in Brown County Common Pleas Court on April 6.
—Brown County Crime Reporter, March 3, 2016 1:26 PM EST
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