Long Island Bulk Mailer Pleads Guilty To Multi-Million Dollar Mail Fraud Scheme

inspectorEarlier today, Matthew Rosencrans was arraigned on a felony information and pled guilty at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, to committing a multi-million dollar mail fraud scheme in connection with his ownership and operation of Community Coupons, an advertising business located in Glen Cove, New York.

The charge and plea were announced by Kelly T. Currie, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, Postal Inspector in Charge, New York Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Community Coupons printed coupon booklets and flyers that advertised for a fee its customers’ special promotions and discounted services and mailed those materials through the United States Postal Service at a discounted bulk mail rate via a permit. From approximately July 2010 to August 2013, Rosencrans conducted a scheme to defraud the Postal Service by submitting over 15 million pieces of bulk mail for distribution throughout the New York metropolitan area, although he only paid for delivery of approximately 3.4 million pieces of bulk mail. The fraud deprived the Postal Service of over $2,000,000 in payments that should have been paid by Community Coupons.

“In these financially difficult times for the Postal Service, the defendant failed to pay millions of dollars owed for services rendered,” stated Acting United States Attorney Currie. “Although he was in the business of providing his customers’ discounted services to consumers, Rosencrans cannot discount the law for his own financial gain.” Postal Inspector in Charge Bartlett stated, “A theft from the Postal Service is a theft from the American Public. Postal Inspectors will vigorously pursue and bring to justice anyone who cheats the Postal Service of revenue.”

Today’s plea took place before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert. When sentenced, Rosencrans faces up to 20 years in prison, as well as criminal forfeiture and restitution payable to the United States Postal Service in the amount of $2,101,278.33.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Charles N. Rose is in charge of the prosecution.

USPS to reduce the number of post office middle manager positions

naps-logoThe National Association of Postal Supervisors says the USPS has published its plan to reduce the number of Manager, Post Officer Operations (MPOO or POOM) positions, while increasing the number of Manager, Customer Service Operations (MCSO) positions. MCSOs work in large Post Offices and manage the day to day activities of several stations & branches. MPOOs provide operational oversight to large numbers of post offices within a District.

The plan would scrap the current allocation of MPOOs and MCSOs, which allows one MPOO for every 100 post offices, and 1 MCSO for every ten carrier stations. The new allocations would be based on workload. According to presentations posted by NAPS, the number of MPOOs nationwide would be reduced from 346 to 291, for a net reduction of 54. (Some of the presentation’s numbers don’t actually add up). More than half of the EAS-25 MPOO positions would be eliminated, while there would be an increase in lower level positions. There would no longer be a Senior MPOO position.

The proposal would actually increase the number of MCSO positions from 144 to 162, for a net gain of 18. All MCSOs would be EAS-23, except for 25 EAS-25 positions at offices which have level 24 stations.

Presentations in .pdf format are available at the website of The National Association of Postal Supervisors

Video: Prescription medication delays frustrate Knoxville disabled veteran

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A disabled army veteran is upset because his prescription medication is sometimes delayed by the United States Postal Service. He says his medications, sent from Mountain Home Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Johnson City, have ended up in the wrong part of the state on multiple occasions.

Doug Knight can’t walk. He’s been in a wheelchair for nearly a year. Both of his knees are scarred by surgery. To kill the pain he depends on high-powered prescription medication.

Those medications, along with certain other schedule II narcotics are only available in a 28 day supply. Every month he must call his doctor and then wait for it to be delivered. But, nearly two months ago he says a supply of pain medication didn’t arrive as expected.

“Back in May, my prescription got to Knoxville, then ended up in Memphis,” said Doug Knight. He immediately called the post office, but couldn’t get a clear answer about where his medication was. He got a nurse from Mountain Home to call the postal service and they eventually told her the medication was in Memphis. Continue reading

Wichita Woman Sentenced In Mail Theft Fraud Scheme

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtWICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita woman was sentenced Monday to five years on federal probation for her role in a scheme to steal mail from postal boxes and cash counterfeit checks, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She and the other defendants also were ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution.

Jennifer R. Harper, 35, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to steal mail. In her plea, she admitted that in 2013 and 2014 she and her co-defendants entered an agreement to steal mail from U.S. Postal Service blue boxes.

The defendants removed mail from U.S. Postal Service blue boxes. They opened the stolen mail and took information and checks from the mail. They used the information and the checks to create counterfeit checks and cash them.

Co-defendants include:

Justin Anderson, who was sentenced to 78 months.

Jeremy S. Robinson, who was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

Tennessee PSE gets probation for “borrowing” money from cash drawer

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtMelanie Morrow, a Postal Support Employee at the Huntland, Tennessee post office, has admitted that she “kited” money orders from the office, selling the orders to customers, but keeping the procedds, which she said she intended to pay back. In return for her guilty plea, Morrow will be sentenced to two years probation, and restitution of the $1,543.73 she “borrowed”. Continue reading

APWU Takes PRC to Court Over Refusal to Enforce Service Standards

apwudefault206/29/2015The APWU has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court, challenging the commission’s decision to dismiss its complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet service standards. The union filed the Petition for Review on May 29 in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and submitted a Statement of Issues to be Raised on June 18.

In dismissing the APWU’s allegations of system-wide service failures, the PRC concluded that service standards are simply “expectations,” and, as a result, the commission could not compel the Postal Service to adhere to them. The appeal challenges those assertions.

“If it is allowed to stand, the PRC’s ruling would render any service standards meaningless,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It would make a mockery of the Postal Service’s legal obligation to provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services.” The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) requires the PRC to issue orders to the USPS to remedy violations of service standards. Continue reading

USPS to Issue Paul Newman Forever Stamp

348281 (1)WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman will be honored on a Forever Stamp. The stamp will go on sale Sept. 18.

The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman accompanied by text that reads “Actor/Philanthropist.” The photo credit is Paul Newman photo/© Steve Schapiro/Corbis. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

With his blue eyes and on-screen charisma, Newman enthralled American moviegoers for six decades. Over the course of his decorated movie career, he received 10 Academy Award nominations, including eight for best actor. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film “The Color of Money. At the Oscars in 1994, Newman was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Newman stayed active in the arts and also embraced his many passions, particularly auto racing, which he took up in his 40s. Each year the number on his race car was changed to match his age. The last car he raced was number 82. He also served as the president of the board of the famed Actors Studio, which he helped support financially.

More than just a film icon, Newman used his success as an actor, writer, producer and director to advance his philanthropic endeavors funding charitable causes in an effort to make the world a better place.

Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families in the United States and beyond. Perhaps Newman’s boldest action on the philanthropic stage came in 1982, when he founded the Newman’s Own food company. Beginning simply with a single product of oil-and-vinegar salad dressing and a commitment to quality and charitable giving over profit, the company has since grown into an international business with more than 200 products. Along the way, Newman’s Own has donated more than $430 million to thousands of charities.

In 1998, Newman helped create the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, an organization composed of board chairs and CEOs of major corporations that focuses on corporate philanthropy and citizenship. In 2006, he co-founded the Safe Water Network, which provides market-based safe water solutions to people in the developing world.

Priscilla Presley, PMG to dedicate new Elvis stamp at Graceland August 12

Elvis_Is_back3xElvis will be commemorated on a USPS Forever Stamp as an inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan for the First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, August 12, on Graceland’s front lawn. The public is invited to this free event. Elvis was previously honored with a stamp in 1993 which remains the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all-time.

Source: Priscilla Presley Joins Guest List for Elvis Week 2015

Video: Collection boxes pried open in Oklahoma City

8184627_GOKLAHOMA CITY – Two drive-thru mailboxes were broken into overnight Sunday, Oklahoma City police reported.

Sunday evening only trash bags and duct tape held the drop boxes together, and cones kept anyone from driving up to them.

A post office employee called 911 after finding two drive-thru U.S. Postal Service mailboxes pried open about 7 a.m. Sunday at the post office, 4801 S. I-35 Service Rd.

It is not known if any mail was stolen. Continue reading

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