#49 Jul 17, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed late yesterday charges a former employee of the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) with embezzling approximately $10,365.57 from the Brooklyn Park Post Office. The indictment, which was filed on March 12, 2013, charges Kathleen M. Warner, age 52, of Otsego, with one count of misappropriation of postal funds. The indictment was unsealed following Warner’s initial appearance in federal court.
The indictment alleges that from approximately February 2010 through August 2012, Warner embezzled funds from her cash drawer and removed stamps and other merchandise without paying for them.
If convicted, Warner faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the USPS-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich.
#50 Jul 17, 2013
BIRMINGHAM - A federal grand jury today returned separate indictments charging two U.S. Postal Service employees with mail related violations, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Postal Service Office of Inspector General Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kenny Smith.
The indictments filed in U.S. District Court charge the two Postal Service employees with delaying mail delivery and stealing from the mail.
ERWIN MICHELLE WATSON, 28, of Moulton, is charged with one count of delay of mail and one count of mail theft by a postal employee, both on Nov. 4, 2010. Watson worked as a mail carrier at the Decatur Post Office.
LENNIE MATTHEW WILLIAMS JR., 25, of Birmingham, is charged with delaying mail delivery and stealing from the mail between Aug. 9 and 10, 2010. Williams worked as a mail handler in the Birmingham Processing and Distribution Center Annex.
“Postal employees who abuse this system do us all a great disservice,” Vance said.“My office prosecutes these cases aggressively because we are all entitled to rely on the security of the U.S. Postal Service.”
The maximum sentence for mail theft by a postal employee and for delay and destruction of mail is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General investigated the cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Salter is prosecuting the cases.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
#51 Jul 17, 2013
Bangor - A Corinth woman has admitted to stealing pills from packages mailed to Maine veterans.
Michelle Trask. 46, was a maintenance manager at the Hampden postal facility. Court documents state she stole more than 1,700 pills in between April and October of last year.
The pills were being mailed through a program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
#52 Jul 17, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan.– A federal indictment has been handed down against a U.S. Postal Service worker for stealing Hydrocodone from mail intended for patients. According to United States Attorney Barry Grissom, Sherry Robertson, 40, of Kansas City, Kan., has been charged with five counts of theft by a postal employee and one count of intent to distribute Hydrocodone.
Robertson allegedly removed pills from mail on dates ranging from September of 2012 to May of 2013. If convicted she faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and fines of $250,000 on each count which could come to a grand total of $1.5 million.
#53 Jul 17, 2013
A postal worker might as well have put a stamp on his head that read: Deliver me to jail.
The postal supervisor took photographs of the $40,000 in stolen merchandise that he’s accused of peddling on eBay and stored the images on his work computer.
Hermenegildo Lopez, apparently cornered, confessed that he had been stealing parcels that contained UGGS, jewelry, blocks of precious metal, cell phones, DVDs, a Lalique glass vase, a laptop computer and women’s hair care products. Court records show the thefts went on for about a year at a post office in Merrick, L.I.
Lopez, 45, went on his sticky-fingered binge after running into financial troubles, according to the court papers. Authorities said the photographs made it easy to nail the suspect.
“Based upon my review of customer complaints, I was able to determine that the various items depicted in the photographs ... matched the items reported missing by the Merrick post office customers,” Special Agent Steven DeMayo of the inspector general’s office said in the criminal complaint.
#54 Jul 17, 2013
Update at 3:33 p.m. June 4: As expected, 54-year-old Gary Wayne Thomas appeared in Dallas federal court to plead guilty to theft of mail matter by an officer of employee. Thomas, who worked in the Ennis Post Office, is now looking at up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution for stealing gift cards — about $75 worth, according to court documents.
From August 2011 until September ’12, Thomas helped folks mail their packages and sorted outgoing mail left in the lobby. But that mail didn’t always make it out the door — including, for instance, a birthday card containing a $50 Wal-Mart gift card a woman was trying to send to her 6-year-old grandson.
Authorities figured out who stole the card when Thomas used it.
Original item at 8:26 a.m. May 21: A North Texas postal worker will plead guilty on June 4 to one count of theft of mail, according to records filed in Dallas federal court Monday. Now he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine — all for stealing two gift cards totaling $75.
According to the factual resume accompanying his plea agreement, from August 2011 until last September Gary Wayne Thomas worked as a distribution window clerk at the Ennis Post Office. Among his duties: helping customers, making sure the incoming raw mail got to the right outgoing places and sorting everything left in the lobby. But, he admitted to federal prosecutors, some of that mail didn’t reach its intended destination.
Take, for instance, the birthday card a grandmother was trying to send to her 6-year-old grandson. According to court documents, Thomas took it home — along with the $50 Walmart and $25 Whataburger gift cards inside. He’s only being charged with swiping the Walmart gift card — which, according to the feds, he used — in exchange for his agreeing to waive his right to a grand jury.
#55 Jul 17, 2013
When you send a package through the U.S. Mail, you might not give much thought to who is handling it. But a local postal worker is accused of swiping several priority mail parcels that contained diamonds and jewelry inside.
Authorities say Jeremy Lieberman, of Greece, admitted to stealing valuable packages from the mail distribution center.
Every day, thousands of packages pass through this postal service distribution center on Lyell Avenue. And it is there that federal investigators say postal employee Jeremy Lieberman saw an opportunity to make some extra cash. He worked there handling priority mail packages. But according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Lieberman was rifling through the parcels that he determined had valuable items inside.
Special agents used closed circuit surveillance cameras to watch Lieberman's every move over the course of two months and say on several occasions they saw him chase specific boxes down the moving conveyor belt.
John Field, Assistant U.S. Attorney, said,“So typically what they'd notice him do was he'd pick the package up and shake it and try and determine what was inside of it and based on what was stolen, we know he was focusing on things that were being delivered either to or from jewelry stores or diamond dealers. Things of that nature."
Authorities estimate Lieberman stole tens of thousands of dollars in diamonds and precious metals.
The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General began investigating after getting complaints of packages that had not made it to their destinations. In a statement, a spokesperson tells I-Team 10,“ Incidents of this nature are relatively rare. However, when our agents do hear of these allegations, we take them very seriously and we do investigate them thoroughly."
Once agents identified Lieberman, they went to his home in Greece and sifted through his garbage.
Field said,“And lo and behold, they found a whole lot of torn up pieces of packages and wrappings that wasn't delivered to Lieberman but was for delivery for someone else."
Agents say they also discovered empty jewelry boxes that likely contained gold and silver rings, earrings, bracelets and chains. Investigators say they have documentation that shows on 31 occasions this year, Lieberman sold similar items at local pawn shops.
I-Team 10 wanted to know what the postal service has in place to safeguard your valuable packages against employee theft. They say they do background checks and drug testing on all job applicants and also give a personality and integrity test before hiring. In Lieberman's case, he is currently suspended without pay.
So what can you do to make sure your deliveries make it to their destination? The postal service says the safest way is to send it registered mail because someone will sign off on it at every place it changes hands. In the event the package is lost or stolen, it also pays to get the insurance. If you do suspect a postal employee of theft, you can call the U.S Postal Service Office of the Inspector General's hotline at l-888-877-7644.
#56 Jul 17, 2013
Windsor Mill woman faces five years in prison and supervised release for pocketing gift cards from greeting cards while she worked at a sorting machine.
Dorothy Jean Gibson, age 56, of Windsor Mill, MD, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of mail by a postal service employee.
Video that was part of the investigation shows her opening greeting card envelopes and putting mail, gift cards and cash into her handbag, according to a news release from the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.
She worked at the Linthicum Incoming Mail Facility, and faces five years in prison and supervised release.
#58 Jul 19, 2013
You ever had one of those days when you want to throw your work in the trash? At least two postal letter carriers did it -- and got caught.
Most of the nation's almost 195,000 letter carriers this year swiftly completed their appointed rounds, but a few bad actors discarded mail or stole thousands of dollars of tax refunds and medication.
A Georgia letter carrier left the U.S. Postal Service in March after admitting he dumped more than 600 pieces of mail into a Dumpster, including Netflix DVDs and first-class mail. He told investigators that he threw out the mail because he wanted to be done for the day. The man is serving 12 months of probation, paid a $500 fine and $182 in restitution to Netflix.
A letter carrier in Alabama was caught on tape dumping more than 250 pieces of mail into a gas station Dumpster. She resigned from the Postal Service in August after pleading guilty to one count of delay of mail.
The bad behavior is detailed in the Postal Service Inspector General's semiannual report to Congress, which covers the period from March to September this year. The watchdog team conducted more than 1,990 investigations that prompted 453 arrests -- very few of which involved postal employees -- and more than $672 million in fines and restitution.
Some postal workers also stole from the mail before it leaves the post office, according to the report. A California postal worker quit in June after investigators caught her rifling through parcels in the back of a parked truck and stuffing pill bottles in her pant pockets and shirt.
Under questioning, she admitted to stealing from hundreds of parcels over four years to support an addiction to Vicodin. The worker resigned, was ordered to pay more than $9,300 in restitution and sentenced to 10 months in jail and six months of probation.
Closer to home, a District letter carrier and two co-conspirators pleaded guilty in July to stealing more than $100,000 in Treasury checks, D.C. government checks and identity theft. A joint sting operation in February between the Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service and the D.C. Office of Inspector General caught the postal worker mishandling checks belonging to other routes.
Over two years, the letter carrier admitted receiving about $500 for each check passed to her co-conspirators, who would then cash them using fake driver's licenses. She resigned from the Postal Service in July and was sentenced to 25 months in jail and ordered to pay more than $130,000 in restitution.
The Postal Service employs about 580,400 career workers and the actions of those described in the report represent a fraction of one percent of all USPS workers, spokesman Mark Saunders said.
"We are a microcosm of society," he said, adding later that "One offense is one too many and employees who commit illegal acts are dealt with accordingly."
#59 Jul 19, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa—A former Iowa postal worker acknowledged Thursday that he was caught stealing customer rebate checks from the mail but said federal authorities never notified him that he had been indicted for doing so. The man's defense attorney said notice of the criminal charge may have been lost in the mail.
Glenn A. Reisinger of Norwalk told The Associated Press in a phone interview he was caught on tape taking customer rebate checks issued by retailer Menard Inc. that were being returned to the company after they were mailed to bad customer addresses. He said he saw no harm in doing so at the time because the customers could not be located, but now realizes it was "a mistake, of course."
Reisinger, 62, said he was a clerk at a postal station in West Des Moines and he retired under pressure in June after he was caught. He had worked for the postal service for 29 years.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Oct. 26 charging Reisinger with one count of theft by a postal employee, which carries maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. It alleges he stole five checks totaling $577 -- ranging in size from $14 to $330 -- between March and June.
Reisinger said Thursday morning he didn't know about the indictment or that his arraignment and initial appearance were scheduled for hours later at the federal courthouse in Des Moines. He said he learned about the indictment when the AP called to ask for comment about the case. "Nobody has said anything to me about it," he said.
Employees in the U.S. District Court clerk's office in Des Moines said a summons ordering Reisinger to appear in court Thursday was issued Oct. 26 -- and mistakenly dated Sept. 26 -- but nothing in their records indicated whether the document was actually delivered to him.
Reisinger's attorney, Timothy McCarthy said he was told by the office of Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer that the summons was sent by mail to Reisinger. McCarthy said it would have been terrible if federal authorities had arrested and jailed his client for not showing up for Thursday's appearance "and we would have explained that he didn't get" the summons because of a mail mix-up.
Kevin VanderSchel, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said Thursday morning he would look into the matter but then then later declined to provide an explanation. The U.S. Marshals Service, which often serves summons, did not return a phone message.
McCarthy was stunned by news of the charge against his client. McCarthy said he contacted the office of Bremer, who agreed to delay the arraignment from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. so the attorney could attend.
"We hadn't heard one word," McCarthy said. "That's crazy."
Reisinger pleaded not guilty at the hearing. Trial was scheduled for Jan. 3.
Postal spokesman Richard Watkins confirmed that Reisinger submitted his retirement papers after being interviewed by an agent with its Office of Inspector General.
#60 Jul 19, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE â€“ This afternoon, a United States District Judge sentenced Yolanda Vallejos, a 48-year-old resident of Albuquerque, to a two-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction for theft of federal government property. Vallejos also was ordered to pay $97,025.44 in restitution to the United States Postal Service (USPS), the victim of Vallejosâ€™ criminal conduct. Vallejos is required to surrender to a federal correctional institution to be designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons within 60 days.
United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that, on December 20, 2010, Vallejos plead guilty to an information charging her with embezzling $80,710.73 from the USPS through the use of fraudulent money orders between December 2005 and August 2007. At the time, Vallejos was employed as a lead sales and service associate at the USPS Airport Station in Albuquerque.
In her plea agreement, Vallejos admitted that, from November 26, 2005 through August 14, 2007, she engaged in a pattern of entering into the USPS computer system fraudulent postal refunds to non-existent customers in order to reduce the amount of cash that had to be in her drawer. As a result of this unlawful conduct, Vallejos stole $16,314.71 in USPS funds from her cash drawer.
Vallejo further admitted that, from December 5, 2005 through August 14, 2007, she issued at least 261 fraudulent USPS money orders with a value of $80,710.73 to herself or for her own use and benefit. Vallejos deposited many of the fraudulent money orders into her bank account, without paying for the money orders.
On August 14, 2007, the USPS placed Vallejos on emergency suspension, and she resigned her employment with the USPS on May 2009.
#62 Jul 26, 2013
I sent a package through USPS to a buyer on Ebay. What a mistake. I shipped the package from Nevada to Florida with an expected delivery date of July 19, 2013. Now on July 26 the last scan of the package says that it departed the sort facility in Nevada back on July 13. That's it no updates, no delivery, no nothing. I called the USPS and filed an investigation. All I have gotten from them is lip service: "Oh, on a package like that it can take weeks to be delivered" and "the expected delivery date can be misleading." You suck postal service. I'd rather drive down to Florida myself than send another package though your *cough cough* "service."
#64 Jul 26, 2013
yes I agree Jessica, especially when the CLERKS steal your mail AT THE FREAKIN POST OFFICE.
#65 Sep 24, 2013
Uggh! Same thing happens to me! At least it's not just me....I feared they were stealing my mail or something.
#66 Oct 2, 2013
With some of the idiots morons and sociopaths who work at the post offices I hope they close down the smaller post offices. Make them all metro centers and screen their employees and break their union. It's a CYA union job and they don't do good enough background checks. The sense of entitlement of these workers amazes me.
GET REAL JOBS! it's all cya cya cya
#67 Oct 6, 2013
Say what you will, BUT, ya gotta admit, The U S A sure had a helluva "bicycle" racing team didn't we ?.........insert voice of sarcasim HERE :)
#68 Oct 12, 2013
Obama fooled us all too!
#69 Nov 30, 2013
QUOTE would like to know if this manager(supervisor)Michelle Trask from Eastern Maine P&D in Hampden, Maine, has been sentenced yet, and if not, what the hell takes so long when it's an employee that is part of management? she should receive the max time seeing as though she would have fired an employee that worked for her, that stole anything. Trask stole disabled veterans of wars pain medications, can you sink any lower then that? post office sucks!!!
#70 Nov 30, 2013
Probably because the post office suffers from Affirmative Action. They will hire some black lady with three kids, four baby daddies, two locked up, crack head mom etc, before they will hire some white guy trying to get a decent job to support his kids. Ya reap what you sow!
#71 Dec 7, 2013
how about sick mentally ill counter clerks who steal your mail? shut down the post offices so they can get real jobs, and 'f' their union.
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