North Carolina Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Fraud Scheme Involving $529,000 in Stolen Altered Postal Service Money Orders

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Vantino Johnson, age 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Maryland today to 18 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release on the federal charges of bank fraud conspiracy and bank fraud, in connection with a scheme to negotiate stolen altered postal service money orders at victim financial institutions. Judge Xinis ordered that Johnson pay restitution in the full amount of the victims’ losses, $272,087.19. Continue reading

Gillibrand, Ocasio-Cortez Call on Congress to Help Rebuild USPS With Postal Banking Pilot Programs

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), speaks alongside U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) during a press conference about a postal banking pilot program outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 15, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday in calling for the U.S. Congress to implement postal banking pilot programs in rural and low-income urban neighborhoods, where millions of households cannot access or afford standard banking services. Continue reading

Hartford Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Assaulting Letter Carrier

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DEMORSE KELLEY, 39, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three months in a halfway house and three years of supervised release, for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. Continue reading

USPS Certifies CaseMail as First Blockchain Generated ePostage

World’s First Blockchain Postage Uses Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CaseMail announced today the company has been certified by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as the first producer of blockchain generated ePostage labels. The USPS ePostage labels use CaseMail’s revolutionary non-fungible token (NFT) mail technology and mark the world’s first blockchain supported postage. Continue reading

OIG Report: Customer Perceptions of the U.S. Postal Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • An OIG survey administered during the COVID-19 pandemic found a majority of people across the United States held a favorable view of the Postal Service (91 percent) and agreed or strongly agreed that mail is important (96 percent).
  • Respondents checked and read their mail more frequently in 2020 but sent less mail and fewer personal packages.
  • Americans reported placing online orders more frequently than previous years and expected to shop online more after the pandemic is over.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people interacted with their communities and businesses — including the Postal Service. The OIG conducted a nationally representative survey to understand the ways the COVID-19 pandemic may have altered customer perceptions of the Postal Service and their habits around mail and other postal-related activities.

The OIG found that Americans continued to hold favorable views of the Postal Service during the pandemic, underscoring the important role USPS plays for the nation. During the pandemic, the core ways customers interacted with the Postal Service were through mail receipt, post office visits, and delivery of online orders. Nearly 70 percent of survey respondents reported checking their mail every day. However, respondents sent mail and personal packages less frequently compared to the previous year. Ecommerce grew during the pandemic, with more online orders placed in 2020 than in previous years. Survey respondents expect some of this ecommerce growth to continue after the pandemic.

The Postal Service has played an important role in connecting the nation during a time of pandemic-related social distancing and closures. The OIG survey results provide information on changes in customer behavior and expectations, and careful monitoring of emerging trends will allow the Postal Service to continue to prepare for new and growing demands moving forward.

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