The overwhelming majority of U.S. Postal Service employees work conscientiously to move the nation’s mail to its proper destination. Unfortunately, a small number of employees abuse the public’s trust. It is the job of U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) special agents to identify dishonest employees and take proper investigative steps to have them prosecuted and removed from the Postal Service. We investigate postal employees who delay, desert, or steal mail from the mailstream.

During the reporting period from October 2012, through September 30, 2013, OIG special agents conducted 1,514 internal mail theft investigations, resulting in 339 arrests, 854 administrative actions, and approximately $350,000 in monetary benefit for the Postal Service. For additional investigative statistics, view our Semiannual Report to Congress.