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Video: Maryland Letter Carrier Admits To Stealing Over 20,000 Pieces Of Mail

Baltimore, Maryland – Jeffrey L. Shipley, age 47, of Millersville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to stealing and destroying mail while employed as a postal employee.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; and Special Agent in Charge Paul Bowman of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Read More


Video: Ed Schultz address NALC Convention

Ed Schultz addresses the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 69th Biennial Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


APWU Convention video: OUR Walmart and Fight for 15

07/24/2014 – The Convention theme of ‘Stand Up, Fight Back’ was on display Tuesday and Wednesday when two of the most exciting labor struggles in the country honored the assembly with their presence.


Disgraced postal inspector was a drug dealer too, feds say

Howard receiving a Federal Employee of the Year award in 2012, just as the investigation began.

SAN JOSE — A once-renowned U.S. postal inspector has been indicted on charges he rifled through damaged mail and stole valuable items over a two-year span, and also for a separate count of marijuana trafficking, according to federal authorities.

While the mail-theft allegations against Quan Pham Howard, 52, surfaced after his arrest in late June, the charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana was not widely known until an announcement Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

Howard was also formally indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing stolen U.S. mail and the delay and destruction of U.S. mail. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and potential fines of up to $750,000.

Read more: San Jose: Disgraced postal inspector indicted on federal mail theft, drug charges –


New Hampshire postmaster charged with embezzling funds from local PTO

The Claremont NH Eagle Times reports that the postmaster of Claremont has been charged with embezzling money from the local Parent/Teacher Organization:

CLAREMONT — A former member of the Claremont Middle School Parent/Teacher Organization is free on personal recognizance after being arrested and charged with felony theft.

Police arrested Rebecca S. Remick, 40, of 35 Citizens St. in Claremont, Monday morning after a lengthy investigation into allegations she stole more that $2,000 from the PTO savings account.

“Obviously, I regret all of it,” Remick said Tuesday.

Remick, Claremont’s postmaster at the United State Post Office on Broad Street, has since paid back all the money she allegedly took from the account. She blamed tough financial times for the incidents.

“I had to feed my kids,” she said.

According to USPS records, Remick’s annual salary is $76,167.

The thefts reportedly started sometime in September of 2012 and continued through to March of this year, when they were discovered and Remick was removed from her position. The thefts were discovered first by staff at the Claremont Middle School who were working with a bank.

McGoodwin said the money was raised by students and parents and used for activities like field trips or school assembly programs, as well as for equipment for student sports teams that was not in the regular budget.

“The (PTO) savings account is created by caring parents,” Superintendent Dr. Middleton K. McGoodwin said.

Remick, who has worked for the postal system for 16 years, said she never did anything illegal in her role as postmaster. Claremont Police Capt. Colby Casey said city detectives have alerted the United States Postal Service about the arrest and investigation, but he said there is no evidence of Remick’s thefts extending to the post office.

If convicted, Remick faces anywhere from 7 to 15 years in prison. She is due for an arraignment in the Fifth Circuit Court — Claremont District Division on Aug. 25.

Read more: PTO member charged in theft.


Wheeler Bros. Awarded $2.9 Million LLV Shelving Contract

WBI will provide 10,000 shelving units for installation in Postal Service vehicles under initial delivery order

Alexandria, Virginia (July 23, 2014) –VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) subsidiary, Wheeler Bros., Inc. (WBI) was awarded a delivery order to supply 10,000 engineered shelving kits to the United States Postal Service for use in the Long Life Delivery Vehicles (LLV). This delivery order has a value of $2.9 million, with an option to purchase up to 40,000 additional kits following the initial delivery.

WBI submitted a design concept for purpose-built shelving units to address an increase in package deliveries by the Postal Service. Upon evaluation of the design, WBI was awarded the opportunity to supply 100 kits for in-field testing.  The Postal Service then released a new solicitation with a requirement to supply the first 10,000 units for installation by November of this year and WBI was awarded the contract. WBI will begin distribution of the shelving units to Postal Service vehicle maintenance facilities across the United States over the coming months.

“We are proud to provide a purpose-built solution in response to an increase in package delivery by the Postal Service,” said WBI President Chad Wheeler. “Our shelving solution was developed to give Postal Service carriers more space in the cargo bay area and reduce the need to lift large or heavy items from the rear of the vehicle. Additionally, the new shelving units require minimal installation time for technicians at the Postal Service maintenance facilities. WBI is committed to providing cost effective solutions to meet the expanding demands of the U.S. Postal Service.”


Thieves rip open community mailbox in NW Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) –

Neighbors along a Northwest Fresno street are scrambling to protect their personal information, that’s now in the hands of thieves. Their community mailbox was ripped open. It happened near the intersection of Hayes and Ashlan avenues.

Neighbors say it’s disconcerting to know their private information is likely in the hands of criminals. But investigators say tracking down the mail is difficult, unless people report fraudulent activity.

Vikram Jeet did a double take when she went to her mailbox Monday. The doors to the locked unit were wide open, and nothing was inside. “During the Christmas time it gets broken into. But this is the first time during the summertime it’s been broken into,” said Jeet. Read More


NALC Convention Video: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets NALC

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets NALC


APWU Convention Video: The State of the Union


APWU Convention Video: Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Standing Up, Fighting Back! – Canadian Union of Postal Workers