A former employee of the United States Postal Service in Paramount was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in federal prison for accepting bribes from business customers in exchange for falsely approving unpaid or underpaid bulk mail shipments, causing about $11.74 million in total losses to his employer.
Juan Enrique Caudillo, 60, of Lakewood, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who also ordered Caudillo to pay about $11.74 million in restitution to the USPS.
Caudillo, who has been in federal custody since December 2018, pleaded guilty in March 2019 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Caudillo, who retired from the USPS last year, also agreed to surrender his pension as restitution, as well as the full balance — about $140,000 — of his Thrift Savings Plan, a 401(k)-type account available to federal employees.
Since at least 2012, Caudillo, while working as a bulk mail clerk at the Paramount post office, took bribes in exchange for approving unpaid or underpaid bulk mail shipments as fully paid.
In one scheme, the owner of Premier Mailing, a Paramount-based company, paid Caudillo bribes for falsely listing certain mailings as prepaid, resulting in no postage being paid for them. In a separate scheme, Caudillo accepted bribes to allow another business mailer to underreport information, resulting in reduced payment to the USPS for mailings.