UPS Tests Drone For Urgent Delivery

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UPS® (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works.

Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three miles off the Atlantic coast. The drone flight advances an investment made by The UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund in CyPhy to gather information about drone uses and capabilities. Continue reading

Massachusetts Postal Worker Charged with Viewing Child Pornography on USPS Computers

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BOSTON – A United States Postal Service employee was charged today in U.S. District Court in Worcester in connection with viewing child pornography on USPS computers.

Stephen Mantha, 62, of Spencer, was charged in a complaint with possession of child pornography and accessing with intent to view child pornography.  Mantha was arrested yesterday and detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Sept. 27, 2016. Continue reading

Feds target mass mailing fraud schemes aimed at elderly

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The Justice Department, in coordination with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and other law enforcement partners, today announced wide-ranging enforcement actions – including criminal charges, economic sanctions, seizure of criminal proceeds and civil injunction lawsuits – along with the execution of search warrants to combat a global network of mass mailing fraud schemes that collectively have defrauded millions of elderly and vulnerable victims across the United States out of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Simultaneously, a consortium of government agencies and non-profit groups led by the department’s Consumer Protection Branch and Elder Justice Initiative announced a public education campaign to heighten public awareness and educate potential victims and their families about these schemes. Continue reading

USPS “Temporary Emergency Committee” to meet Sept. 27

WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Sept. 27 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of previous minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. August YTD Financial Report
  6. Postal Q3 Service Performance Report
  7. Approval of the Strategic Plan
  8. Approval of the October 11, 2016 tentative agenda
  9. Adjourn

Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Two Alabama postal workers sentenced for bribery and conspiracy to distribute marijuana

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a U.S. Postal Service supervisor to 6 months’ home detention and a Postal carrier to 12 months’ probation for accepting cash to deliver marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, U.S. Postal Inspection Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Max Eamiguel, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton, and West Alabama Narcotics Task Force Captain Wayne Robertson.

The two Postal Service employees in Tuscaloosa, LENARD POMPEY, 39, a supervisor, and LYLE JONES, 36, a mail carrier, pleaded guilty in March to charges of bribery and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The two men took part in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana and accepted cash to deliver packages containing the drug, according to their guilty pleas.

lenad-pompeyjocelin-bettsU.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced Pompey to six months on home detention followed by six months of probation. She sentenced Jones to 12 months’ probation.

A third Tuscaloosa Postal Service employee, Jocelin Betts, a mail carrier, pleaded guilty in November to bribery and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. She is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 29.

The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and the West Alabama Narcotics Squad investigated the cases, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Felton is prosecuting.

Investigating grease fire at St Louis PO, OSHA finds USPS failed to maintain working fire extinguishers

From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service
1720 Market St.
St. Louis, Missouri

Citations issued: Sept. 13, 2016

stlpoInvestigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration‘s St. Louis Area Office has cited the U.S. Postal Service’s vehicle maintenance facility for onerepeated and two serious safety violations.

Investigating a report of a fire in the facility on July 3, 2016, the agency determined that workers attempting to extinguish the blaze found at least two fire extinguishers that were not charged. Employees were able to extinguish the minor grease fire that occurred in a wheel hub, when they located a charged extinguisher.

OSHA cited USPS for failing to:

  • Maintain charged and operable fire extinguishers.
  • Train workers on fire extinguisher use and the hazards associated with incipient stage firefighting.
  • Maintain a fire alarm system.
  • Conduct monthly inspections of fire extinguishers and associated equipment.

Quote: “Workers responding to a fire emergency should never find uncharged and inoperable fire protection equipment,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “Fortunately, no one was injured and this fire was quickly contained. This could have very easily had a tragic outcome. The postal service needs to take immediate action to prevent such near misses in the future.”

Proposed Penalties: $87,297

View Citations here.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s St. Louis Area Office at (314) 425-4249.

Source: 2016 – 09/20/2016 – Investigating grease fire at maintenance facility, OSHA finds US Postal facility failed to maintain working fire extinguishers

Colorado postal worker ordered to remove pro-Trump sign from post office

From the US Office of Special Counsel, the agency that enforces the Hatch Act:

A U.S. Postal Service employee in Colorado displayed a “Make America Great Again” – the slogan of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – behind the desk at the post office. OSC contacted the postmaster of that facility and advised that the Hatch Act prohibited display of the sign. OSC confirmed that the sign was immediately removed from the post office.

Source: Office of Special Counsel




New Jersey Letter Carrier Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Scheme To Steal And Cash Hundreds Of Postal Money Orders

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal and convert hundreds of blank U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in nearly $200,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jonel Normil, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to embezzle, convert to his use and the use of others U.S. Postal Service money orders. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. Continue reading