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Our special agents investigate nationwide internal crimes and fraud committed by postal employees and contractors as well as postal employee misconduct. We work with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and local prosecutors across the country to prosecute these crimes. 

In some instances, we uncover much larger criminal activity being carried out by multiple individuals and organizations. In many of these cases, we partner with other federal and local law enforcement agencies to identify and hold responsible those who take advantage of the public’s trust in our postal system.

Below are links to the most recent news releases about our work.


Fifteen Defendants Sentenced in Stolen U.S. Treasury Check Ring

Date Released: 12/19/2018

ATLANTA - Fifteen defendants have been sentenced for their part in a ring that stole over $10 million in U.S. Treasury checks from the mail and then cashed them at Walmart and Kroger stores around the country using fake identifications. The sentences ranged from two to ten years in prison for members of the ring. “This sentencing marks a success for our multi-agency Stolen Treasury Check Task Force, which targets the widespread problem of U.S. Treasury check thefts in Georgia,” said U.S...

Company and CEO Pay $12.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability for Fraudulent Billing

Date Released: 12/11/2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Coordinated Health Holding Company, LLC (“Coordinated Health”) and its founder, principal owner, and Chief Executive Officer, Emil DiIorio, M.D., agreed to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that they submitted false claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs for orthopedic surgeries. Coordinated Health agreed to pay $11.25 million and DiIorio agreed personally to pay $1.25 million, for...

USPS Employee Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for Stealing Gift Cards

Date Released: 11/27/2018

A U.S. Postal employee assigned to deliver mail in Willowick and Eastlake was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing gift cards. Sonte E. Gibbons, 25, of Cleveland, previously pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee. Gibbons was assigned to the Willowick Post Office beginning in September 2016, where he delivered mail in Eastlake and Willowick. On April 13, 2017, Gibbons had a letter he was supposed to deliver to a location on East 331 Street that contained a $10 Wal-Mart...

USPS Workers Sentenced for Accepting Bribes to Deliver Cocaine Through the Mail

Date Released: 11/27/2018

The last defendant of a group of 16 Postal Service letter carriers and clerks from across the Atlanta area was sentenced to federal prison for accepting bribes to deliver packages of cocaine – two kilograms or more at a time – in a wide-reaching undercover operation. The defendants were willing to make the deliveries for bribes as low as $250, and received sentences of between three and nine years in prison. “U.S. Postal Service workers are typically valuable members of the community, entrusted...

Former Letter Carrier Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

Date Released: 11/21/2018

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced former Postal Service letter carrier James Thomas Woodland, age 49, of Temple Hills, Maryland, to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The sentence was imposed on November 19, 2018. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Postal Inspector...