Former Post Office Manager Charged in Theft of $1.7 Million in Checks from the Mail

March 9, 2022 INDIANAPOLIS – James Lancaster, 40, of Indianapolis, the former manager of customer service at Indianapolis’ New Augusta Post Office, has been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and theft of mail. The charges against Lancaster were unsealed late yesterday. On March 1, 2022, a federal grand jury in…

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U.S. Postal Inspection Service Case Management of Arrests

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s oversight of case management reporting requirements related to arrests. We also determined whether the Postal Inspection Service reports its results to National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Postal Inspection Service inspectors lead investigations involving postal crimes such as mail fraud and mail theft, execute…

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Chief Postal Inspector discusses crime, offers tips

October 25, 2021 Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale has a message for Postal Service employees: Be careful out there. “To say the last year and a half has been challenging is an understatement,” Barksdale said, citing statistics that show violent crime has surged during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, FBI data show murders are…

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DOJ: Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping and Robbing U.S. Postal Workers

DOJ News Release – September 8, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that James Chandler, 55, of Philadelphia, PA entered a plea of guilty before United States District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick to two counts of robbery of a postal employee and one count of kidnapping. In February 2021,…

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USPIS: Can I send live ammunition through the mail?

Think it’s OK to mail ammunition? Watch this video before you head to the Post Office. AMMUNITION Small arms ammunition is categorized as explosive materials by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ammunition that is designed to be fired from a pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, as well as associated primers and blank cartridges (including those…

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USPS OIG: Fighting Opportunistic Crime

USPS OIG Blog – June 28, 2021 As the nation struggled with containing the fast-paced coronavirus outbreak, instances of pandemic-related mail theft and mail fraud were also spreading. Indeed, over the course of a year, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) received 339,747 complaints of mail fraud and mail theft, leading the agency to open…

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Station Manager Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $90K In Cash And Stamps From USPS

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Lisa Mesler, 55, of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to theft of government money. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Assistant…

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Former Secretary-Treasurer of APWU Oklahoma Local pleads guilty to theft of $95,100

On March 24, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Brenda G. Walters, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Muskogee Area Local 7 (located in Muskogee, Okla.), pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $95,100, in violation of 29 U.S.C….

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