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 753 mail fraud cases — an increase of 170 cases (29 percent) over the prior 12 months — and 1,090 mail theft cases — a decrease of 49 cases (4 percent) over the prior 12 months. Of these, 277 cases were specifically related to the pandemic.
From time to time the OIG, usually represented by the Inspector General (IG), is asked to testify before a Congressional committee or subcommittee. Our agency may be asked to testify about various aspects of Postal Service operations, our investigations into such areas as drug trafficking, or an...Read More