A New Smyrna Beach mail carrier was accused of bilking a woman on his route by claiming he was collecting newspaper delivery fees for his son— even though his son didn’t deliver the paper, a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy said.
Randell Lee Holley, 55, was charged with obtaining property by fraud and petit theft. Holley is on “non working status” as the Postal Service Office of Inspector General looks into the allegations,, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday.
Holley is accused of using some of the nearly $50 he took to purchase doughnuts and TV dinners, the Sheriff’s Office report indicated.
Becky La Greca, 67, of New Smyrna Beach, said Holley knocked at her door at 4:40 a.m. Saturday and said his son delivered the Daytona Beach News-Journal to her but his car had broken down, according to the report.
Holley said he needed to collect $47.50 in newspaper fees to help pay for towing the car, the report indicated. When La Greca asked for a receipt, Holley said he did not have one.
Later that morning, La Greca became suspicious, contacted the newspaper and learned she did not owe any money and that her paper was not delivered by Holley’s son.
When the deputy checked with the Postal Service, the report indicated a supervisor identified Holley as the suspect and said they had had problems with him in the past, including not showing up for work.
A records check showed Holley was the suspect in two similar frauds in 2011. One where he asked a family on his route for $101 for towing and storage fees claiming his son’s car broke down on State Road 44, the report said. The other, Holley borrowed money from a person on his route.
In both cases, he repaid the money with checks written on a closed account, the report indicated. However, he reimbursed the victims and was not prosecuted.
When the deputy finally contacted Holley Saturday afternoon, the suspect said he borrowed the money from La Greca and he would pay her back Monday, the report said.
In a statement, Enola Rice from the Postal Service’s Tampa office did not elaborate on Holley’s current employment with the New Smyrna Beach post office. Holley did not return several telephone messages.
Holley was arrested Saturday, posted a $1,500 bail and was released on Sunday.