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Letter carrier who was robbed says more protection is needed

DETROIT (WJBK) – A letter carrier robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon while on the job is calling for backup protection for postal workers.

Edward Hosendove’s cell phone, money and mail delivery truck was stolen.

“It’s starting to become too common where letter carries are being assaulted, where letter carriers are being robbed, and something has to be done about it. We are a targets. We are out there alone,” says Hosendove. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Spring Lake MI Post Office employee sentenced for stealing mail

SPRING LAKE, MI – A former employee of the Spring Lake Post Office has been sentenced to probation, community service and restitution for stealing customers’ mail in 2010.

Robin Renee Smith pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of mail matter by a Postal Service employee, a federal crime.

On Tuesday, March 18, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell sentenced her to two years probation, including 200 hours of community service as directed by her probation officer, according to federal court records.

Read more: Former Spring Lake Post Office employee sentenced for stealing mail | MLive.com.

Newark Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Prison For Scheme To Steal Checks From Mail

inspectorNEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal personal checks from the U.S. Mail and fraudulently endorse and deposit them into personal checking accounts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Karron Hinton-Lovelace, 28, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Hinton-Lovelace and his conspirators stole blank checks that were sent via U.S. Mail to 122 unsuspecting victims. The defendants fraudulently endorsed the blank checks for a certain sum and deposited those checks into legitimate bank accounts that they opened at the victim banks, which included TD Bank, Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Garden State Community Bank, Hudson City Savings Bank, PNC Bank and Valley National Bank. Before the victims discovered the checks were stolen or the banks discovered the checks were fraudulent, Hinton-Lovelace and his co-conspirators had withdrawn the funds, either via ATMs or by entering the banks and filling out withdrawal slips. U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI agents obtained bank video surveillance, which captured many of the fraudulent deposits and withdrawals.

Hinton-Lovelace and his conspirators deposited $1,478,695 in fraudulent checks into y 258 different bank accounts. Their conduct resulted in a $648,194 loss.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Hinton-Lovelace to five years of supervised release. As part of his plea agreement, Hinton-Lovelace agreed to pay $648,194 in restitution to the victims.

Several of Hinton-Lovelace’s conspirators have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in the scheme. Four defendants were sentenced in April 2013. Constance Bowles, 23, of Newark, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and six months in a halfway house. Garnet Hinton, 24, Union, and Keonnah McLean, 24, Newark, were each sentenced to 23 months in prison. Martell Arline, 23, of Newark, was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

Kurtis Steele, 27, of Irvington, was sentenced to 46 months in prison on May 29, 2013, and Guy Hicks, 51, of Newark, was sentenced to 36 months in prison on Oct. 9, 2013.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates; and special agents of the FBI under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, for the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dara Aquila Govan of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

Video: Letter carrier robbed at gunpoint in Detroit

DETROIT (WJBK) – A letter carrier was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon while on the job. His cell phone, money and mail delivery truck was stolen.

The vehicle was discovered nearby in the neighborhood. The suspect was locating with the help of residents, and the stolen cell phone was also used which helped lead authorities to the suspect. The individual was found blocks away from where the mail truck was found.

The suspect has been arrested.

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Resident attacks mailman, mail stops for entire complex

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- Some people in a senior housing complex say they haven’t had a mail delivery in a month. The mail stopped coming after an incident with the letter carrier who delivers there.

“How hard is it to get your mail? I just had surgery in December,” said Charles Jernigan, Hartford.

“I can’t walk, I’m handicapped,” said Mary Betha-Campbell, Hartford.

“You can’t be slipping and sliding to catch the bus for a whole hour, and you have to go over there every day,” said Beatrice Smith, Hartford.

There are forty apartments at 402 Albany Avenue where many residents are elderly and some bed ridden. They say the post office stopped delivering their mail more than a month ago because one of the residents attacked the letter carrier slapping and spitting on him.

Read more: Resident attacks mailman, mail stops for entire complex | WTNH.

Long Island mailman threw out thousands of pieces of mail

Forget “snow nor rain,” this mailman was too lazy to deliver the mail in any weather.

Ignoring his employer’s reliability mantra, a Long Island postal carrier tossed more than a thousand pieces of mail into Dumpsters along his route — just to avoid the nuisance of having to deliver them, authorities said.

Federal agents began monitoring US Postal Service worker Patrick Paskett’s movements earlier this month after Seaford and Massapequa Park residents complained that they weren’t receiving letters and packages, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint.

Special agent Steven DeMayo tracked Paskett’s movements on March 6 and was stunned to see him chucking a stack of mail into a Massapequa Park trash bin.

Read more: Long Island mailman threw out thousands of pieces of mail | New York Post.

Arrests Made In Texas Postal Theft Cases

inspectorTwo persons who were reportedly involved in the theft of mail and other items from numerous post offices in Central Texas and beyond were in custody last week in Bell County.

While the recent theft at the Hillsboro Post Office isn’t identified in federal affidavits, the method of operation on the ones spelled out is the same.

Postal Inspector William B. Witt filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. federal court in Waco Thursday, March 13.

It alleges that Charles Hattenbach and Kathryn Hubbart, both of Temple, participated in mail thefts between December 2013 and this past week in Bell County and elsewhere in the Western District of Texas.

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Video: Postmaster helps victim untangle himself from sweepstakes mess

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – It’s a scam involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and you can be easily lured in. In one case, a post office manager became suspicious and helped a victim realize he was a victim before it was too late.

“You get to know your customers on a personal level and you know what they receive on monthly/weekly basis almost,” Postmaster William Gomez said.

That’s why Gomez says he was suspicious when he noticed one of his customers was coming in more regularly.

“Once there was numerous pieces — several weekly express pieces going and coming from out of the country — a flag was set off, an alarm immediately,” Gomez said.

Read more: Postmaster helps victim untangle himself from sweepstakes mess | FOX6Now.com.

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Video: Stolen collection box leaves Louisville woman questioning USPS

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A West Louisville woman said she’s concerned more people have lost money than the U.S. Post Office is letting on after someone stole a postal box.

The heist happened overnight March 1. Sandra Fant, who owns The Liquor Store on West Broadway, said dropped her mail in the box that night and grew concerned after companies called to say she had missed payments.

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“I’m frustrated, because I take care of my business and I pay my bills,” Fant said. “I’ve never heard somebody talk about a mailbox being stolen. A whole mailbox?”

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Georgia letter carrier gets 15 months behind bars for mail theft

secretMichael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Nathaniel M. Johnson, aged 57, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Albany, to serve 15 months in the Bureau of Prisons for theft of mail by a postal employee.

Mr. Johnson previously entered a guilty plea to the charge on October 4, 2013. As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Johnson admitted that, while he was a postal employee, he rifled through, opened and stole United States mail, including U.S. Treasury checks, during April 2013. There were 10 identified victims who experienced losses totaling more than $30,000.

“We all count on our postal employees to handle and deliver some of our most important things. From wedding invitations to tax returns and payroll checks, a great deal of trust is placed in postal workers. Most of the good folks at the post office care deeply about the people they serve, making sure that nothing stands in the way of the mail delivery. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson cared more about enriching himself than serving the public and, in doing so, dishonored the many others whose dedication is legendary,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

“The United States Secret Service will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate the theft and negotiation of U.S. Treasury checks. We will work closely with prosecutors to ensure offenders, like Mr. Johnson, who abuse public trust are put behind bars,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.