USPS Employees Face Federal Indictments for Fraud
In the midst of trying to reduce costs and renew its business model, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently has had five of its former employees indicted or sentenced for alleged fraudulent actions against USPS and its services.
Marvis Charles Box, 67, of Converse, Texas, allegedly stole about $478,000 worth of USPS equipment according the Western District of Texas’ U.S. Attorney’s Office. Box, who was arrested May 13, was charged with three counts of theft of government property.
The USPS contract employee transferred mail to and from the Canyon Lake, Texas post office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicated, but on three separate occasions in late 2013, he allegedly stole mail transportation equipment and sold it, pocketing an estimated $478,000, which the government is seeking in forfeiture. If he is found guilty, Box could face up to 30 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Earlier this year, Robert Giulietti, 57, of Cheshire, Conn., pled guilty to bribery, wire fraud and tax charges. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars May 30, according to the Connecticut Post.
Giulietti, a USPS facilities project manager at a Connecticut-based office, reviewed bids and selected contractors for USPS work, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. He admitted to authorities that he accepted $89,000 from two contractors in exchange for choosing their inflated bids. Additionally, he formed MGC LLC and directed 150 overpriced contracts to his company between 2009 and 2011. By then hiring other contractors to do the work for less, he generated about $982,000 for himself.
“This defendant was a corrupt federal employee who perpetrated a multifaceted and brazen scheme that defrauded the Postal Service of nearly a million dollars,” Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement. “I commend the USPS Office of Inspector General, the Connecticut FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation for their excellent work in this investigation, which included the seizure of significant assets of approximately $740,000 in cash and a house in Cheshire.”