The owner of an Owings Mills-based mail marketer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for forging forms that allowed him to send more than $1.6 million in bulk mail without paying postage.
According to federal prosecutors, the man, Michael Scudder, 32, of Reisterstown, owned Precision Solutions, Inc., which brought its mail to a U.S. Postal Service facility that weighed and counted it to determine postage, then issued a verification form. Precision Solutions then obtained a discount by transporting the mail from the original facility to the postal facility closest to the delivery addresses.
According to his plea agreement, Scudder brought only a small amount of mail to the initial entry facility, then modified the verification form to reflect that a much larger amount of mail had been paid for and was ready for shipment. Scudder and his employees would present the forged verification form to the destination facility.
Scudder forged at least 120 verification forms, and he or his employees presented the forged forms at several Postal facilities in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, prosecutors said. From January to December 2012, the alterations allowed Precision Solutions to mail a total of over 8,860 trays of mail for which postage had not been paid, resulting in a loss of revenue to the U.S. Postal Service of $1,639,912.89.
As well as imposing a prison sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore sentenced Scudder to three years probation and ordered him to pay restitution to the U.S. Postal Service of $1,639,912.89.