USPS Employees Face Federal Indictments for Fraud
In addition to jail time, Giulietti agreed to pay about $882,000 in restitution and about $291,000 in back tax penalties and interest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Aside from stealing from within the USPS, some postal workers have been accused of stealing from USPS customers. A mailman in Cantonsville, Md., allegedly stole 20,000 pieces of mail, according to The Baltimore Sun. The investigation into Jeffrey Shipley, who has been a postal worker since 1993, began after an Internet hotline received a tip that indicated he was stealing bags of mail that included jewelry, DVDs, passports, letters, magazines, Netflix videos and even a Mother’s Day card. After an investigation, He was charged with mail theft and destruction of mail in late May, according to CBS Baltimore.
Some employees were more selective, only taking pieces of mail containing checks and money orders. A former USPS employee was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $33,000 in checks from mailed envelopes, according to the Sun Sentinel. As a Florida postal-support employee, Ainsley J. Holas allegedly swiped the checks last year. She and a non-employee then are believed to have deposited the checks, worth $33,109, to a bank account via various South Florida ATMs. The pair allegedly split the proceeds and used the funds to go shopping.
Meanwhile in Birmingham, Ala., a former employee was sentenced for pilfering more than $27,000 in money orders and other postal funds, according to the Alabama Media Group. Germaine Foster, 36, of Birmingham, was sentenced to five years of probation, including six months of home detention, after pleading guilty to various counts of theft. He also must pay $27,650 in restitution.