Former Miami U.S. Postal Service employee charged with stealing

Miami FL June 16 2014 A former U.S. Postal Service employee is one of two suspects charged with stealing more than $33,000 in checks, federal documents show.

Ainsley J. Holas is accused of taking checks from mailed envelopes last year while working as a postal-support employee at post offices, according to an indictment filed Tuesday. Holas and a second person, Kendra N. Darden, then visited ATM machines in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and deposited about 20 stolen checks, worth $33,109, into a bank account, the indictment said.

When the checks cleared, Holas and Darden then “split the proceeds of their fraudulent scheme” and went shopping separately or together, it said.

Holas has resigned, a postal service spokeswoman said.

Holas and Darden, whose ages and addresses were excluded from the indictment, each are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Holas also is charged with theft of mail by a postal employee.

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