A former mail carrier pleaded guilty to one count of making a false document by forging a license to work as a nurse with the United States Postal Service.
Fertina Brown “put people’s health and safety at risk – simply to earn a better wage,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “By presenting a forged nursing license, she defrauded the Postal Service and will now be held accountable for her greed.”
“Fertina Brown reflects just a small percentage of employees who failed to uphold the trust and integrity placed in them. The U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General takes these cases very serious and investigates them to the fullest extent of the law,” Paul Bowman, area special agent in charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, said in a statement.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: In 2007, Brown was working for the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a mail carrier, when she applied for and ultimately obtained a nursing position in the Postal Service’s North Metro Distribution Center. In January 2011, the USPS requested a copy of Brown’s most recent nursing license because the previously-provided copy had an expiration date of January 31, 2011, according to investigators.
On Feb. 2, 2011, Brown presented the USPS with a State of Georgia nursing license that turned out to be forged. Based on an investigation, the USPS determined that Brown’s nursing register number belonged to an individual residing in Texas who was on active duty with the U.S. military.
As a result of the investigation, Brown resigned from the Postal Service in June 2011. In total, Brown earned over $100,000 in additional income (versus what she would have made as a mail carrier).