The carrier admitted to mailing about 200 envelopes containing pills, but investigators found it was over 1,000. To complicate matters, he had been receiving workers’ compensation benefits while knowingly distributing life-threatening narcotics across the country.
The mail carrier pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute. In April 2023, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release. Because of a concurrent claimant fraud investigation, the Department of Labor terminated the carrier’s claim for compensation in October 2023. This saved USPS an estimated $1.9 million in future compensation payments and required the carrier to pay back more than of $48,000 in benefits he had received.
If you suspect or know of narcotics trafficking involving Postal Service employees or contractors, please report it to our Hotline. And if you work for USPS and get an offer to make easy money that just sounds too good to be true, you’re probably right.