SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Johnathan Sherer, age 29, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was charged on March 21, 2022, by criminal information with obstruction of the mail. Continue reading
The US Postal Service has submitted the attached unaudited financial results for February (pdf file):
The Justice Department announced that United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay approximately $5.3 million to resolve its potential liability under the False Claims Act for falsely reporting information about the transfer of U.S. mail to foreign posts or other intended recipients under contracts with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). UPS is an international package delivery company incorporated in Delaware with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that TYRONE DILLING, age 27, of New Orleans, Louisiana pleaded guilty on March 17, 2022, to unlawfully opening the mail before the Honorable Barry W. Ashe, District Court Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana.
ALPINE, WY — With spring approaching, the U.S. Postal Service has issued new Forever stamps featuring mountain flora. These flowers will soon be springing up in a riot of beautiful blooms across their respective habitats, while the four new stamps will appear in Post Offices nationwide and online at usps.com/stamps. The stamps were issued in Alpine, WY. Continue reading
Dr. Eric Feigel Ding, an epidemiologist formerly on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently posted on twitter a document from the Chinese Center for Disease Control, published in January, which suggests that the most recent outbreak of a new Omicron sub-variant may have been introduced in the Beijing area via postal mail from Canada.
Here’s Dr. Ding’s tweet:
📬MAIL DELIVERY OUTBREAK—China’s CDC reports an outbreak of #Omicron “likely caused” by an international postal letter. Genetically distinct from other cases, but linked to SE Asia & N America. If true—this is the first outbreak cluster spread such way.🧵https://t.co/FSBcGj847t pic.twitter.com/EL2m1OICZG
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 12, 2022
The South China Morning Post reported on the incident on January 17, while also pointing out that:
China has repeatedly touted the idea that it is possible to be infected with the coronavirus by touching contaminated objects, particularly via the cold chain.
Its health officials have also suggested repeatedly that the cold chain may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan in late 2019 in the first place, and have urged studies to be carried out internationally.
However, the theory has been dismissed by most scientists in other countries as highly unlikely. Although samples taken from the surface of an object can test positive, they may not be infectious, because they may be dead traces of the coronavirus. Even if a sample can infect living cells in a laboratory, it takes a certain viral load to infect a person.
A claim by Chinese health authorities that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of regular mail from Canada was dismissed Monday as being ludicrous and comical.
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, a China expert at the University of Ottawa who spent more than three decades in the federal public service working on China issues, said Chinese officials need to familiarize themselves with the latest scientific material on the spread of COVID-19.
“Unlike the early days, scientists have clarified that it does not stay on surfaces. To suggest that it would be on mail that came over days from Canada is ludicrous,” she said.
Kansas City, MO — The Postal Service issued the newest Global Forever stamp today, featuring an image of an African Daisy. The stamp was issued in Kansas City Missouri without a ceremony. Continue reading
Jackson, Miss. – A Jackson man was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Inspector in Charge Scott Fix of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Continue reading
SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a former Postal contractor, Rachele Ostrowe, age 39, of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for theft of Government funds. Continue reading
INDIANAPOLIS – James Lancaster, 40, of Indianapolis, the former manager of customer service at Indianapolis’ New Augusta Post Office, has been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and theft of mail. Continue reading