WASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 22, Hachikosela Muchimba, 43, was arraigned in federal court on charges of mail theft and bank fraud.
Last week, Muchimba was arrested by federal agents at Dulles International Airport as he tried to board a flight back to his native Zambia. He had a new passport and a large amount of cash in his possession at the time of his arrest.
The immigrant started delivering mail out of the Friendship Post Office in Northwest D.C. in 2020, and it would not take long before he started stealing from those on his route… Between October 2021 and March 2023, he stole U.S. Treasury checks from the mail, altered them and deposited them into several personal bank accounts, according to U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves.
In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s office stated:
Muchimba, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, executed a scheme to steal checks from the U.S. mail and direct those funds into a bank account under his control. Muchimba would remove the name of the proper payee and replace it with his own name. Many of these misappropriated checks were U.S. Treasury checks. He is seen on bank surveillance removing the proceeds from ATM machines. The total amount of the checks that were fraudulently deposited into Muchimba’s accounts was $1,697,909.52.
If convicted the Zambian immigrant faces up to 30 years in prison. He is currently being held at the D.C. Central Detention Facility.
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