Alamo CA Oct 31 2011 A former employee at the Alamo post office has been convicted by a federal jury of exchanging fake money made in Nigeria for real currency at his cash register.
Emmanuel Odion Esezobor, 51, of Hayward stole $13,800 from the U.S. Postal Service and passed counterfeit bills at the Alamo post office in February and March. A U.S. District Court jury in Oakland convicted him Thursday on one count of theft of public money and seven counts of passing counterfeit money.
Authorities said Esezobor bought money orders with counterfeit currency that he placed in his cash register and cashed the money orders to pay utility bills.
Authorities began investigating Esezobor in October, when a supervisor at the Alamo post office at 160 Alamo Plaza found $100 bills in his cash register that “did not feel like … a genuine bill,” Secret Service Special Agent David Stewart wrote in an affidavit.
Undercover agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General went to the Alamo post office on two occasions in February and bought money orders from Esezobor, Stewart said. After each transaction Esezobor went to his parked car, where investigators believe he switched real money with fake currency, the affidavit said.
At the end of each day, supervisors found fake $100 bills in his register, authorities said.