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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.


Durant Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft

Date Released: 02/22/2023
Category: Internal Mail Threat

A Durant woman pled guilty to mail theft, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Scott Pierce, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Southern Area Field Office. Cori T. Hopson, 22, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Jackson. According to court records, Hopson was responsible for picking up mail from remotely managed post offices for delivery to another post office. Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General

Essex County Man Indicted in Scheme to Steal Checks and Defraud Banks

Date Released: 02/22/2023
Category: Financial Fraud

NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was charged for his role in a scheme to steal and alter checks from the mail and fraudulently obtain funds from banks by depositing the stolen and altered checks, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today. U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office.

Doctor Sentenced to Prison in Workers’ Comp Fraud Conspiracy

Date Released: 02/16/2023
Category: Health Care Fraud

FAYETTEVILLE — Robert Clay Smith, age 61, an Alexandria, La., physician was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, health care fraud, and violations of federal anti-kickback laws. The case is being investigated by the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Louisiana Department of Justice, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

Two Amazon Marketplace Sellers and Four Companies Plead Guilty to Price Fixing DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs

Date Released: 02/13/2023
Category: Contract Fraud

Two Amazon marketplace sellers and four of their companies have pleaded guilty to price fixing DVDs and Blu Ray Discs. The Antitrust Division’s Chicago Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee are prosecuting the case, which was investigated with the assistance of the FBI’s New York Field Office and the USPS Office of Inspector General’s Contract Fraud Investigations Division.

Serial Fraudster Sentenced to Prison for Lead Role in $2.2 Million Unemployment Fraud Scheme

Date Released: 02/09/2023
Category: Financial Fraud

DETROIT – A Detroit man was sentenced today to 8 years in federal prison on charges of conspiring to defraud multiple government agencies out of more than $2.2 million in Covid-19 pandemic assistance funds and also to defraud the United States Postal Service (USPS) of more than $200,000, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today. Ison was joined in the announcement by Andre Martin, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.