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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.


California Man Sentenced for Mailing Marijuana to Western Pennsylvania

Date Released: 02/06/2023
Category: Narcotics

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Seiad Valley, CA, has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release on his conviction for violating federal narcotics laws related to a nine-month Title III wiretap investigation into drug trafficking in and around the counties of Jefferson, Clearfield, and Allegheny, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. The DEA led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the USPS OIG

Jacksonville Contract Postal Carrier Sentenced For Theft Of Mail

Date Released: 02/03/2023
Category: Internal Mail Threat

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced former USPS contract mail carrier Randolph Varbelow to time served, approximately four months’ imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty to theft of mail matter on November 15, 2022. According to court documents, Varbelow worked as a contract mail carrier. In response to complaints about missing mail on his route, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General conducted an investigation

Worcester Postal Supervisor Sentenced for Mail Theft

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

BOSTON – A supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for stealing packages containing cocaine on at least eight occasions. Dombroski was employed as Postal Service Supervisor at the Worcester Main Post Office. On eight to 10 occasions, Dombroski stole packages that had been mailed from Puerto Rico he believed would contain cocaine. Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Area Field Office of the USPS OIG; and Matthew Millhollin,

Nine Arrested for Illegally Distributing 1.5 Million Opioid Pills

Date Released: 02/02/2023
Category: Narcotics

Nine Texas individuals were arrested this week in Houston on criminal charges related to their alleged involvement in the unlawful distribution of 1.5 million opioid pills and other controlled substances. Acting Special Agent in Charge Scott Pierce of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), and Acting Inspector in Charge Dana Carter of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Houston Division made the announcement.

Jury Convicts Former U.S. Postal Service Clerk Of Stealing Mail And Money Orders

Date Released: 01/27/2023
Category: Internal Mail Threat

LAS VEGAS – A jury convicted a former U.S. Postal Service clerk on Wednesday for stealing a customer’s mail and cashing the postal money orders worth over $2,300 that were inside. According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, between June 28, 2016 and July 6, 2016, James Earl Magee, 32, stole an envelope containing three money orders worth about $2,340.27 and cashed the money orders for his personal use. Acting Special Agent in Charge London Mulcahy for the USPS OIG made the