Like just about everything else, elevators age and break down. Just ask the U.S. Postal Service, which operates about 1,200 elevators — used to move mail as well as people — at more than 500 facilities nationwide. A little more than five years ago, the Postal Service established the Elevator...Read More
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 2019 through September 2020, OIG special agents conducted 285 financial fraud investigations, resulting in 79 arrests, 195 administrative actions, and more than $1.4 million in monetary benefit for the Postal Service.