A mail carrier is under investigation after agents with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service received allegations in February that customers were not getting mail in Englewood, …
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A list of potential targets for mail theft includes:
• Checks, credit cards, jewelry and greeting cards with cash.
• DVDs, CDs, Home Shopping Network/QVC-branded parcels, gift cards, mail-order prescriptions and eBay-branded parcels.
• Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.
• Safeguard financial information, especially Social Security numbers, account numbers and statements. Be careful when disposing of used credit card receipts and pre-approved credit card solicitations.
• Report nonreceipt of valuable mail as soon as possible by calling banks, credit card-issuers and the Office of Inspector General's Hotline at 1-888-877-7644. You can also visit the OIG website at' www.uspsoig.gov' and fill out a Hotline complaint form.
Source: Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service
A mail carrier is under investigation after agents with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service received allegations in February that customers were not getting mail in Englewood, according to that office.
Agents identified the employee suspected of the thefts on June 6, and the employee is currently in a “non-pay, non-duty status,” said David Rupert, spokesman for the USPS in Colorado.
The complaints in February originated at the post office at 915 W. Lehigh Ave., not far southeast of West Hampden Avenue and South Santa Fe Drive, according to the OIG.
“When these types of allegations are made, USPS OIG special agents vigorously investigate these matters, as we did in this instance,” said Jeffrey Krafels, deputy special agent in charge for the OIG Western Area Field Office in the Denver area, in a statement.
No complaints at other Denver-area post offices, or employees of those post offices, are involved in the investigation of the employee identified on June 6, Krafels said. He did not say how many people brought complaints about mail going missing since February.
Complaints related to the Lehigh Avenue post office have continued even after June 6, when the carrier was put on non-duty status, Krafels said.
The employee, whose name has not been released, has not been indicted, or charged with a crime. U.S. attorney's offices are generally in charge of prosecuting suspected mail theft. A U.S. attorney is the chief federal law-enforcement officer in their district of the country.
Theft or possession of stolen mail is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines up to $250,000, and employees convicted of theft stand to lose their jobs, according to the OIG.
The OIG emphasized that the "vast majority of postal personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants" who don't engage in theft.
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