Most people know the start to the TV show Law & Order: In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups… If we were teeing up the OIG for an introduction in that vein, it might go like this: The OIG mission is to ensure efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We do that through independent audits and investigations.

Both our audit and investigative functions are equally important in fulfilling the mission. This week’s blog focuses on the recent work of our Office of Investigations and the special agents who investigate crimes and frauds against the Postal Service. These are their stories.

Over the past few weeks, our office has played an investigative or arresting role in sentencing or settled cases announced by federal prosecutors. These include a case involving a podiatrist accepting kickbacks and a separate case in which a pharmaceutical company admitted it conspired with competitors to fix prices and rig bids.

In the kickback case, a Georgia podiatrist was sentenced for prescribing expensive compounded medication that was ultimately paid for by a federal program providing low-cost medication to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In the price-fixing case, a pharmaceutical company that produces generic drugs agreed to pay more than $7 million in penalties and damages and also cooperate with ongoing investigations into the generic drug market. As one of our special agents noted in a Department of Justice press release about the case, the Postal Service spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year on health care associated costs, including expenses related to prescription drugs. Our office, with others, “will aggressively investigate those who would engage in this type of harmful conduct.”

Please visit our document library to see all news releases about cases that involved us and that have resulted in either convictions or settlements.

And if you need to report fraud, waste, or abuse, click on the red box at the top of this blog page to reach our Hotline.

Comments (4)

  • anon

    First off sorry to hear this. Tragic. Can u advise on the proper routes to mail when you have DV? I am having a ton of mail issues, my address has been compromised & I am at my whits end.

    Jul 14, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, Rachel. Thanks for your message. If your address has been compromised, we recommend filing a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or by visiting their website. You can also file an online complaint with our Hotline. You can access the online complaint form by clicking the red “Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” box at the top of this page.

    Jul 16, 2019
  • anon

    Good Job ! ! I'm Always glad to see these crooks getting prison time , the corruption is rampant and costs every one of us . Keep up the good work !

    Jul 11, 2019
  • anon

    I wanted to thank you for this good read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to check out new things you post… Nicely expressed of course. !

    Jul 05, 2019

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