Postal Employee from Jersey City Charged with Using Stolen Identities from Postal Employees and Others to File False Claims

Kayson Allen, 33, of Jersey City, was indicted on second-degree charges of insurance fraud, identity theft, and trafficking in stolen identities for allegedly obtaining the personal information of others and using it to create phony identification cards and file four fraudulent insurance claims. Attorney General said.

He was also indicted on third-degree charges of theft by deception and attempted theft by deception in the indictment handed up by a state grand jury in Trenton last Friday.

Allen, a janitorial employee of the United States Postal Service (USPS) who worked in the Trenton Processing and Distribution Center, allegedly created a cache of fraudulent identities using information stolen from personnel records at the Trenton facility.

“This defendant exploited his position as a government employee to gain access to the personal information of others, which he then allegedly parlayed into a series of false identities used to carry out his crimes,” said Attorney General Porrino. “It is especially disturbing that he callously preyed on fellow postal workers as unwitting pawns in his criminal enterprise.”

The investigation into Allen’s alleged criminal activities began when he was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection officers while trying to re-entry into the United States after a one-day trip to Canada in September 2013. A subsequent investigation revealed that Allen possessed more than 50 documents containing personal identifying information of other individuals, including Social Security numbers, falsified drivers licenses, insurance policy applications, bills and bank account information, without authorization. The case was referred to the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor early last year.

The indictment charges Allen with falsely assuming the identity of five of those individuals, including one current and three former postal employees, to defraud various insurance companies between September 1, 2012 and September 19, 2013.

The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.