Postal inspector admits to taking money orders

TAMPA – A Tampa postal inspector has admitted to stealing money orders from the mail.

40-year-old John P. Ebsworth-Mojica admitted to taking a parcel containing five Postal Service money orders worth about $1,000 each in a plea agreement filed this week.

He has agreed to plead guilty on Jan. 7, at a hearing, to one count of embezzlement or theft of mail matter by a Postal Service officer or employee.

According to the plea agreement, Ebsworth-Mojica used his own checking account at the Tampa Postal Federal Credit Union in June to cash one of the money orders.

Paul Krenn, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, says cases such as these are rare.

Ebsworth-Mojica had been working for the Postal Inspection Service since 2007.

He resigned in July.