Under settlement orders with the Federal Trade Commission announced today, the operators of an alleged federal jobs scam have been banned from selling employment products or services. Last year, as part of Operation Lost Opportunity, the FTC charged Career Exams, Inc., O’Brien Marketing, Inc., Jeryn B. Lee, and Derek Jackson with running deceptive ads for nonexistent U.S. Postal Service jobs. The FTC alleged that the defendants lured consumers into paying $120 by representing that Postal Service jobs were available in the consumer’s geographic area. Instead of jobs, consumers simply received a booklet containing general information about the hiring process for the federal civil service and Postal Service. Read More
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal grand jury in Providence on Wednesday returned an indictment charging Matteo Morelli, 34, of Warwick, a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier, with one count of delay or destruction of mail by a Postal Service officer or employee. It is alleged in court documents that Morelli discarded more than 1,000 pieces of mail that were addressed to individuals and business in East Greenwich and North Kingstown. Read More
BOSTON – A former contractor to the United States Postal Service was sentenced today for stealing credit cards from a mail-sorting facility while on the job, and then using the credit cards to commit fraud.
Gerald K. Acholonu, 33, of Braintree, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to four years and three months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, forfeiture, and restitution of $183,992 to the credit card company. In March 2013, Acholonu pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and stealing mail. Read More
Some residents visiting a Cape Coral post office became concerned after the main doors to the building were blocked off. One man believes it’s illegal and he says he’s doing his homework.
The bright yellow chains and big sign “Use the other door” are forcing customers to make a quick U-turn at Cape Coral’s main post office.
“They can’t get into the front door… it’s stupid,” says Bruce Bezdek who’s making sure the post office isn’t violating code. “You don’t block off the handicap entrance for that… it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Postal workers explain the entrance is roped off because of moisture.
NEWARK, N.J. – A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for her role in a scheme to intercept cocaine-laden packages mailed from Puerto Rico to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Christina Nunez, 30, of Lyndhurst, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging her with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine and one count of mail theft. Judge Salas imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. Read More
Flexibility and Authority Needed to Close $20 Billion Gap
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told a House committee today the Postal Service continues to face systemic financial challenges because it has a business model that does not allow it to adapt to changes in the marketplace and it does not have the legal authority to make the fundamental changes that are necessary to achieve long-term financial stability.