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Six arrested in JFK mail stealing, money laundering scheme

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Cargo handlers who worked at JFK Airport are accused of participating in a scheme to steal mail containing foreign currency from international flights and gaining thousands of dollars in proceeds, federal officials said.

According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the conspiracy spanned over four years and resulted in a loss of more than $250,000.

Former cargo handlers Frantz Janvier, 32, of Brooklyn, Machel Scarlett, 37, of Queens, and Tracey Mellisa Sandy, 45, of Queens, allegedly stole mail from international flights arriving at and departing from JFK’s Terminal 1, including Japan Airlines flights carrying mail from Japan. They targeted mail believed to contain foreign currency, including Japanese Yen, and then exchanged the foreign money at currency exchange businesses at the airport and at other financial institutions.

Frantz Janvier, Greguy Janvier, 34, of Brooklyn, Jamila Malika Allen, 24, of Brooklyn, and Melbourne Black, 50, of Queens, are also charged with laundering the proceeds of their theft.

“These defendants allegedly took advantage of the access given to them by their employer when they devised a scheme to steal U.S. mail from the cargo of airplanes at JFK and then lie to launder the proceeds for their personal gain,” Phillip R. Bartlett, postal inspector in charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service’s New York Field Office said in a statement Tuesday. “Let there be no mistake, postal inspectors will use every resource to bring criminals to justice for crimes violating the sanctity of the U.S. Postal Service.”


Queens GOP operative John Haggerty starts sentence for stealing from mayor’s re-election campaign

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The Queens political operative convicted two years ago of stealing thousands of dollars from the mayor’s re-election campaign has begun his prison sentence.

John Haggerty Jr. was received in Ulster Correctional Facility on March 27, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The 44-year-old Republican consultant from Forest Hills was found guilty in October 2011 of second-degree grand larceny and second-degree money laundering for pilfering $750,000 from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign.

He will serve at least one year and four months in the medium-security, all male Napanoch facility with a maximum sentence of four years.

Haggerty is eligible for parole in December, according to the Department of Corrections. His earliest release date is July 12, 2014.