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Operators of Postal Jobs Scheme Banned from Selling Employment Services

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

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Rhode Island CCA letter carrier charged with tossing mail into dumpster

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

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Nebraska window clerk charged with theft of postal funds

The US Attorney for Nebraska announced yesterday that a grand jury had returned indictments against Michael Peitzmeier, 48, a lead window clerk (SSA) at the Fremont, Nebraska post office.

The government alleges that Peitzmeier, a postal employee since 1998, stole over $1,000 while on duty. A second indictment charges him with falsifying documentation to cover up the alleged theft.

If convicted, Peitzmeier faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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Video of yesterday's Issa committee hearing on postal reform

Witness and Testimony Documents
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Postmaster General & CEO
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Chairman, President & CEO
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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

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Bridgwater sorting office workers walk out in dispute

Union members at a sorting office in Somerset have walked out at the start of three days of industrial action.

Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) say they are striking over changes to deliveries, claims of bullying and money said to be owed.

Royal Mail said it was disappointed the industrial action was continuing in Bridgwater and hoped the issues could be resolved by talks with unions.

Read more: BBC News – Bridgwater sorting office workers walk out in dispute.

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Boston: USPS Contractor Employee Sentenced to 51 Months for Stealing Credit Cards from the Mail

uspsoigBOSTON – 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

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Video: Blocked doors stir concern at Florida post office

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

CAPE CORAL –

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.

Read more: Blocked doors stir concern at Cape post office – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida.

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NJ letter carrier sent to prison for smuggling cocaine through the mail

inspectorNEWARK, 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

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Postmaster General Urges Congress to Fix Postal Service Business Model to Address Marketplace Realities

Flexibility and Authority Needed to Close $20 Billion Gap  

Postmaster-General-Donahoe

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.

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Bins of mail left on the side of the road in Phoenix

PHOENIX – A mail carrier is under investigation according to the U.S. Postal Service, for allegedly dumping two trays of mail.

It happened Monday afternoon when Marlon Preayer spotted the mail on his way to the store. He quickly called 911.

Phoenix police officers responded and took the mail to the downtown post office.

According to officials, 485 pieces of mail, mostly first-class certified, 20 catalogs and five small boxes were found.

Read more: Bins of mail left on the side of the road in Phoenix.