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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.


Former Postal Employee Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Theft of a Postal Service Key

Date Released: 02/23/2024
Category: General Crimes

MOBILE, AL – A Mobile woman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and theft of a USPS key. Kristen Arieale Williams, 32, was employed as a mail carrier at the post office in Prichard. Williams stole and sold a USPS “arrow” key for $2,500 to a coconspirator. Law enforcement caught Williams’s coconspirator using the key to steal mail from collection boxes. The USPS–Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

Seymour Man Admits Involvement in Danbury Post Office Bribery and Kickback Scheme

Date Released: 02/22/2024
Category: General Crimes

Vanessa Roberts Avery, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kenneth Cleevely, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and Robert Fuller, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, announced that MICHAEL D. LUTZ, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy offense stemming from a bribery and kickback scheme involving the Postmaster of the Danbury Post Office. This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

Former U.S. Postal Employee Admits Stealing Mail

Date Released: 02/16/2024
Category: Internal Mail Theft

Vanessa Roberts Avery, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAWN R. FULLER, 37, of Hamden, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to a mail theft offense. Fuller pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for May 10. The Task Force includes members from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service.

Two Riverside County Brothers Plead Guilty to Priority Mail Insurance Scam that Defrauded U.S. Postal Service Out of More Than $2.3 Million

Date Released: 02/16/2024
Category: Financial Fraud

LOS ANGELES – Two Temecula brothers pleaded guilty today to defrauding the United States Postal Service (USPS) out of more than $2.3 million by filing thousands of fraudulent Priority Mail insurance claims. Anwer Fareed Alam, 35, and Yousofzay Fahim Alam, 31, each pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated this matter.

Eleven Individuals Indicted and Arrested for Drug Trafficking From Puerto Rico to the Continental United States

Date Released: 02/15/2024
Category: Narcotics

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On February 14, 2024, a federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment charging 11 individuals for drug trafficking, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau are investigating the case.