PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that David W. Miller, Jr., of Warminster, PA has agreed to pay the United States $12,000 to resolve civil allegations that he made fraudulent insurance claims to the United States Postal Service.
The government’s investigation began when a proactive review of claims data disclosed that Miller had made a large number of insurance claims to the Postal Service during 2017 and 2018. The government alleges that Miller falsely claimed that packages he sent or received via Priority Mail arrived damaged, when they were not, and that Miller submitted false information and documentation to support his postal insurance claims. The government contends that as a result, Miller improperly received between $1,830 and $9,100 from the Postal Service.
“Fraud should never pay, and we are committed to ensuring that it does not,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “My Office places a high priority on enforcement in all types of fraud against the government and works with its law enforcement partners to identify and investigate these matters. This case should serve as notice that we will come after anyone who steals from the United States government, with every tool we have.”
Kenneth Cleevely, Special Agent in Charge, Eastern Area Field Office, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG), stated: “Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles once wrote, ‘Things gained though unjust fraud are never secure.’ In this case, Mr. Miller attempted to obtain what he thought would be free money from the U.S. Postal Service. However, due to the investigative efforts of special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and our law enforcement partners, he is learning the hard way that there is no such thing. USPS OIG special agents vigorously investigate allegations of fraud targeting the Postal Service, and will pursue the appropriate remedy when fraud is discovered.”
To report fraud, waste, or abuse within the Postal Service, contact the USPS OIG hotline at www.uspsoig.gov or 888-USPS-OIG.
The settled civil claims are allegations only. There has been no determination of liability.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. It was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Mark J. Sherer, Fraud Investigator Frank O’Conner, and Auditor Denis Cooke.