Special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General recently conducted an investigation at the main branch of the Kingsport post office after a review of customer complaints regarding mail theft.
According to Scott Balfour, public information officer with the USPS, special agents on April 13 identified a postal employee believed to be responsible for stealing items from the mail, such as cash and gift cards.
The USPS believes the person is responsible for stealing about $1,000 worth of items from the mail.
Balfour said the person was a city carrier at the main post office on Eastman Road and had been employed with the USPS since September 2014.
The USPS became aware of the thefts in January based upon a review of customer complaints. According to Balfour, special agents believe the thefts occurred during the entire course of the employee's career.
Balfour said the person no longer works for the USPS.
“No charges have been filed, but the case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney's office in Greeneville,” Balfour said. “Ultimately it will be up to them what, if any, criminal charges will be filed.”
If anyone believes they have been a victim of mail theft, they can contact USPS OIG special agents at www.uspsoig.gov or 888-USPS-OIG.
This marks the second time in the past few years that an East Tennessee postal employee was caught stealing money and gift cards from the mail.
Last July, Willard Robert Brown – a mail carrier in Russellville, Tenn., was sentenced to two years probation in federal court and ordered to pay $150 in restitution. Brown stole at least four gift cards worth $150 from Christmas cards during the 2014 holiday season.