SHREVEPORT, La. – A federal grand jury returned indictments yesterday charging two former United States Postal Service employees, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced. Continue reading
On September 15, Darnell Harris Gause, 40, pleaded guilty to delay or destruction mail. Continue reading
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ELIZABETH URBANI, 42, of West Haven, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today to theft of mail by a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee.
GREAT FALLS – A former U. S. Postal Service worker who admitted going through mail and stealing cash and gift cards from envelopes was sentenced on Sept. 3 to two years of probation, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $2,065 restitution, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said today. Continue reading
With less than two months before U.S. elections in November and amid demands for his immediate firing, high-level Democrats in Congress and the Attorney General of North Carolina called for both state and federal investigations into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after explosive reporting Sunday afternoon contained allegations that the GOP megadonor now running the U.S. Postal Service criminally violated campaign finance laws. Continue reading
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Melissa C. Daniels-Johnson, 39, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to assaulting a federal officer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison, and a $100,000 fine. Continue reading
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland has returned a six-count indictment charging Anthony Sharp, age 30, of South Euclid, Ohio, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, money laundering and theft of mail. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — David Stephen Bangs II, 34, of Henderson, Nevada, was sentenced yesterday to six months in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release for stealing mail while employed as a contract mail carrier by the U.S. Postal Service, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge John D. Masters, Western Area Field Office, USPS Office of the Inspector General.
“Our office is proud to partner with the U.S. Postal Service to stop mail theft in our Nevada communities — including by holding accountable those who betray the public’s trust,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich.
Special Agent in Charge Masters said, “The American public trusts that U.S. Postal Service employees will obey the law and honor the commitment to their duties. When that duty and trust is violated, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) investigates those matters. This sentencing sends a clear message that mail theft is a serious crime, which carries serious consequences. The USPS OIG, along the U.S. Attorney’s Office, remain committed to safeguarding the integrity of the U.S. Mail and ensuring the accountability and integrity of U.S. Postal Service employees.”
On February 4, 2020, Bangs pleaded guilty to one count of mail theft before U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro, who sentenced him.
According to court documents, from April 1, 2018 to August 7, 2019, Bangs performed contract delivery services for the U.S. Postal Service. In June 2019, customers in one neighborhood complained about missing or opened mail to the USPS OIG. Bangs was identified as the letter carrier for that area. The USPS OIG conducted a test on his route, and Bangs was found to have stolen money from the test letter. During an interview, Bangs admitted that, between February 2019 and August 2019, he targeted customer mail that he believed contained cash. He admitted to stealing mail from at least 67 victims.
The charges resulted from an investigation by the USPS OIG. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Robbins and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Fang prosecuted the case.
To report violations, employee misconduct, fraud, waste, abuse of authority, or theft involving U.S. Postal Service employees and contractors, please contact the USPS OIG Hotline at https://www.uspsoig.gov/form/file-online-complaint.
DAVENPORT, Iowa – On August 19, 2020, United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose sentenced Bryan Christopher Hanson, age 24, of Rock Island, Ill., to ten months in prison for assault on a postal worker, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Continue reading
The Inspector general is reviewing new changes made by postmaster General Louis DeJoy that slowed down mail service by eliminating worker service and hundreds of sorting machines.
This comes a day after President Trump said he opposed United States Postal Service funding because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in voting this November.