HOUSTON - A 26-year-old Houston postal worker was placed on "non-duty status" Thursday after she was accused of filing false tax returns. KHOU 11 News raised questions about why D'angela Domio was still on the job after she and five others were accused of preying on people’s personal information and stealing money.
The six suspects all face “theft of public money” charges. According to documents, the four men and two women worked as a team of criminals to file false tax returns using people’s personal information and then stole the government issued tax refunds.
A federal judge granted five of those suspects bond just hours after the arrests.
That judge originally told Domio she could return to her job as a postal worker as long as she did not open envelopes. There were no objections in the courtroom.
KHOU 11 News asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office why that was. A spokeswoman would not comment and said the only information she could disclose was included in a news release sent to media outlets on Wednesday.
However, the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General confirms there is now an open investigation relating to D’angela Domio’s employment with the postal service. They informed us Thursday that Domio wouldn't be working again until the case is resolved.
A spokesman said special agents are now “aware of the case." He told KHOU 11 News that an active investigation prevented him from releasing what route Domio works, what office she works out of or if she is in fact back out on the streets delivering mail.
Domio, who also goes by the last name Williams, has posted an array of selfies in her U.S. Postal Service uniform on her Facebook page.
She states that she’s been working as a City Carrier Assistant since August 2014, trusted daily to deliver and collect envelopes containing personal information.
Federal prosecutors allege on that same year Domio claimed to be doing business as a tax service agency to steal money.
Coincidently, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was involved in the investigation that led to the arrests and the Wednesday morning raid at a home in the Seven Meadows community.
There is no indication that any of the alleged crimes occurred while Domio was working.
The only suspect being held without bond is 31-year-old James Johnson. Prosecutors have called him the “ringleader” of the operation.
Investigators said he and three of the suspects posed as accountholders, created fake bank accounts and then moved money from the victims’ accounts or home-equity lines of credit.
According to a 32-page indictment, the four suspects deposited forged checks for over $90,000 on at least three different occasions.