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Working with our Law Enforcement Partners

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.


Former U.S. Postal Service Employee in Chicago Admits Stealing Stimulus Checks From the Mail

Date Released: 09/18/2023
Category: Internal Mail Theft

CHICAGO — A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Chicago has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing government stimulus checks from the mail. The guilty plea was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Scott Pierce, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Great Lakes Area Field Office of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General; and J. Russell George, Inspector General of the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax...

Former Postal Employee Charged with Stealing Gift Cards and Money From The Mail

Date Released: 09/15/2023
Category: Internal Mail Theft

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment charging Anita Miller, 40, of Jamestown, NY, with six counts of theft of mail by a postal employee and two counts of delay of mail by a postal employee. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The indictment is the result of an investigation by U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

Seven Area Men Arrested After Being Charged in a 16 Count Indictment Alleging Mail Theft, Mail Fraud, and Conspiracy

Date Released: 09/15/2023
Category: Financial Fraud

CLEVELAND – Rebecca C. Lutzko, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland returned a sixteen-count indictment charging seven men with Mail Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, and Wire Fraud. The investigation was conducted by United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General.

U.S. Postal Carrier And Husband Plead Guilty For Mail Theft Scheme

Date Released: 09/15/2023
Category: Internal Mail Theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A U.S. Postal Carrier and her husband appeared in federal court today and pleaded guilty to federal charges for conspiring to commit an extensive mail theft scheme, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Kiara Padgett, 29, of Waxhaw, N.C., and her spouse, Dominique Dunlap, 28, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Dunlap also pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of stolen mail. In making today’s...

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 19 Central Illinois United States Postal Service Workers for Wire Fraud Related to COVID Relief Funds

Date Released: 09/13/2023
Category: Financial Fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A federal grand jury has returned indictments against 19 United States Postal Service employees and former employees, charging them with fraud related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Agencies participating in the investigation include the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.