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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.


Six Defendants Charged with Defrauding Court-Appointed Criminal Defense Attorneys

Date Released: 02/07/2024
Category: Financial Fraud

As alleged in the indictments, the defendants deposited stolen checks intended to reimburse the attorneys for their time and expenditures representing indigent defendants in federal court. Three defendants also allegedly stole the identity of an attorney and opened bank accounts using the attorney’s stolen identity. One defendant is still at large. United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) announced the charges.

Former Postal Employee Pleads Guilty To Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Date Released: 02/07/2024
Category: Health Care Fraud

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Johnnie Franklin Sullivan, Sr., 73, of Mooresville, N.C., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez today and pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for a job-connected injury, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western of North Carolina. Jeff Krafels, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General (USPS OIG) for the Mid-Atlantic Area Field Office (MAAFO), which oversees Charlotte, joins U.S. Attorne...

Former USPS Employee Pleads Guilty for Stealing the Contents of U.S. Mail

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –TOI SMITH, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty on January 30, 2024 to theft of mail by a postal employee, SMITH’S sentencing is set for May 14, 2024. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Mary Katherine Kaufman of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.

New Haven Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

Date Released: 02/01/2024
Category: Narcotics

JASHON SPEARMAN, also known as “J ” and “Deuce,” 35, of New Haven, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sarala V. Nagala in Hartford to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a New Haven area drug trafficking ring operating in the West Hills neighborhood of New Haven. This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General.

Jury Convicts Tampa Woman Of Defrauding Government Of Federal Benefits

Date Released: 02/01/2024
Category: Health Care Fraud

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury has found Shirin Marshall (55, Tampa) guilty of four counts of mail fraud. In August 2000, Marshall claimed a back and shoulder injury while working as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, she filed a subsequent claim related to workplace stress. Marshall later began receiving disability benefits and wage compensation. An investigation by the U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General revealed that Marshall concealed her physical capabilities,