Embezzlements may involve Postal Service employees stealing money from cash drawers, using sophisticated schemes to manipulate postal money orders or money order funds, or falsifying financial retail records. When post offices experience unusual or significant shortages, OIG special agents employ various investigative techniques to uncover embezzlements.
When employees are found to be responsible for missing postal funds, they are reported to management for appropriate administrative action. In cases that warrant criminal prosecution, offenders not only face loss of job but also possible jail time and court-ordered restitution. Also, any improper or lax procedures found are reported to management for corrective action.
During the reporting period from October 2016 through September 2017, OIG special agents conducted 345 financial fraud investigations, resulting in 131 arrests, 295 administrative actions, and $2.2 million in monetary benefit for the Postal Service.