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Former Texas CEO sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for fraudulently selling $12 MILLION in stock to elderly & vuln...
01/24/2023

Former Texas CEO sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for fraudulently selling $12 MILLION in stock to elderly & vulnerable victims, following investigation by .
https://www.uspis.gov/news

 January 24, 1926 - George B. Hamlet, the first African American Chief Postal Inspector, died in his home in Landover, M...
01/24/2023

January 24, 1926 - George B. Hamlet, the first African American Chief Postal Inspector, died in his home in Landover, Maryland. Originally from Ohio, Hamlet was an active politician prior to joining the Postal Inspection Service.

Hamlet was the first African American to be elected Mayor of Monroe, Louisiana, in 1873, and he became the first African American sheriff of Ouachita Parish the following year. In 1876, he was even nominated as the Republican candidate for state senate.

In 1897, Postmaster General James Gary appointed Hamlet to the position of Chief Post Office Inspector, where he served until 1900. Hamlet continued to serve the public for another 22 years in the Treasury Department before retiring from public service in 1922.

For more than 20 years, the Black Hand Gang terrorized citizens across the country with threatening letters of violence,...
01/21/2023

For more than 20 years, the Black Hand Gang terrorized citizens across the country with threatening letters of violence, murder, and extortion. But their threats didn't intimidate the Postal Inspectors.
https://www.uspis.gov/about/history-of-uspis

BREAKING: Fourth individual charged in connection with the murder of  mail carrier Aundre Cross in Milwaukee, WI on Dece...
01/19/2023

BREAKING: Fourth individual charged in connection with the murder of mail carrier Aundre Cross in Milwaukee, WI on December 9, 2022.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

Massachusetts romance scammer sentenced to 2 years in prison & ordered to pay $1.1 MILLION in restitution to victims, fo...
01/17/2023

Massachusetts romance scammer sentenced to 2 years in prison & ordered to pay $1.1 MILLION in restitution to victims, following investigation by and FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

Today we remember the remarkable life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/16/2023

Today we remember the remarkable life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 January 13, 1963 - Cora Galenti, the “beauty scientist” of Hollywood, is convicted of mail fraud for selling faulty bea...
01/13/2023

January 13, 1963 - Cora Galenti, the “beauty scientist” of Hollywood, is convicted of mail fraud for selling faulty beauty products through the mail.

Her chemical “rejuvenation” peels were known to disfigure & scar her customers by using carbolic acid, which left victims disfigured for life. Her popular beauty ranch was raided in 1961.

Investigations took over two years, and Galenti was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. While out on bond, she fled to Mexico before serving time, and she continued her beauty business there.

Galenti remained in Mexico until 1993, when she returned to the United States and died a few days later at the age of 95 in Los Angeles, California.

In 1999, her grandson, Joseph Pantuso, was arrested for continuing the Cora Galenti beauty clinic in Mexico, following the death of a 76-year-old client.

Image 1: Cora Galenti at work, 1956
Image 2: Newspaper advertisement
Image 3: “The Fountain of Youth” storefront
Image 4: Cora Galenti obituary in LA Times, September 2, 1993

Houston mail thief sentenced to 37 months in federal prison & ordered to pay more than $55,000 in restitution to victims...
01/12/2023

Houston mail thief sentenced to 37 months in federal prison & ordered to pay more than $55,000 in restitution to victims, following investigation by . https://www.uspis.gov/news

SENTENCED: Florida man sentenced to 133 months in prison for role in international telemarketing scheme that defrauded m...
01/12/2023

SENTENCED: Florida man sentenced to 133 months in prison for role in international telemarketing scheme that defrauded more than 400 victims - many whom were elderly - out of MILLIONS of dollars, following investigation by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, and IRS.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

01/12/2023

Today remembers Post Office Inspector Ernest M. Harkins who was ambushed & killed in 1949.

WANTED: Do you recognize this suspect? They were involved in the armed robbery of a  mail carrier at 8 Atherstone St. in...
01/11/2023
Dorchester, MA: ARMED ROBBERY OF USPS LETTER CARRIER - USPIS

WANTED: Do you recognize this suspect? They were involved in the armed robbery of a mail carrier at 8 Atherstone St. in Dorchester, MA around 3:00 PM on December 4, 2022.

We're offering up to $50,000 reward for information leading to their arrest & conviction.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who robbed a USPS letter carrier at gunpoint.

Cleveland man sentenced to 10 years in prison & ordered to pay $100,000 fine for shipping fentanyl through US mail, foll...
01/10/2023

Cleveland man sentenced to 10 years in prison & ordered to pay $100,000 fine for shipping fentanyl through US mail, following investigation by .
https://www.uspis.gov/news

01/10/2023

Today we remember Post Office Inspector Walter R. Ton who was killed in an airplane crash while transporting two prisoners on January 10, 1938.

Are you thinking about furthering your education this new year? The GI Bill offers veterans fantastic opportunities to d...
01/09/2023
Operation Protect Veterans - USPIS

Are you thinking about furthering your education this new year? The GI Bill offers veterans fantastic opportunities to do this, but scammers have many schemes to take their money in the pursuit of higher education.

In partnership with AARP, reminds veterans to review any educational offer thoroughly before acting.

Thanks to all those veterans who have served to keep us safe and free. Help show your gratitude by becoming informed about scams targeting them and spreading the word.

Thank you to all of our staff & all the law enforcement officials across the country who keep us safe every day.
01/09/2023

Thank you to all of our staff & all the law enforcement officials across the country who keep us safe every day.

Before modern roads, Postal Surveyors had to find the safest and most efficient routes to transport the mail. These Surv...
01/07/2023

Before modern roads, Postal Surveyors had to find the safest and most efficient routes to transport the mail. These Surveyors laid the foundation for today's Postal Service and the Inspection Service.
https://www.uspis.gov/about/history-of-uspis

Connecticut man sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in co***ne trafficking operation, following investigation ...
01/05/2023

Connecticut man sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in co***ne trafficking operation, following investigation by .
https://www.uspis.gov/news

WANTED: Do you recognize this suspect? We're offering up to $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest & convi...
01/04/2023
Silver Spring, MD: ROBBERY OF USPS LETTER CARRIER - USPIS

WANTED: Do you recognize this suspect? We're offering up to $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest & conviction of person who robbed a mail carrier at 1215 East West Hwy in Silver Spring, MD at approximately 8:30 AM on December 28, 2022.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who robbed a United States Postal Service letter carrier in Silver Spring, MD on December 28, 2022.

 news: Florida drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug & gun charges, foll...
01/03/2023

news: Florida drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug & gun charges, following a joint investigation.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

 January 3, 1919 – The convicted murderer of Post Office Inspector Charles Fitzgerald escapes from Parchmen Penitentiary...
01/03/2023

January 3, 1919 – The convicted murderer of Post Office Inspector Charles Fitzgerald escapes from Parchmen Penitentiary.

In September 1908, Inspector Charles Fitzgerald was shot and killed on a train platform in Clinton, Mississippi. During a routine Post Office inspection in Clinton, Fitzgerald discovered a $476 shortage of postal accounts. The Deputy Postmaster, William A. Sorsby, pleaded with Fitzgerald to not report the shortage and promised to pay restitution.

Fitzgerald refused his pleas, and Sorsby accompanied Fitzgerald to the train platform. With one final decline, Fitzgerald turned to board the train when Sorsby pulled out his weapon and shot Fitzgerald without warning. Inspector Fitzgerald was taken to the Jackson Sanitorium, where he died three hours later.

William A. Sorsby fled to the house of Robert Johnston, and he hid there in the attic for two months. Concerned neighbors reported suspicious activity in the Johnston house, and authorities searched the premises, where they found Sorsby in hiding.

The trial began in April 1909 and lasted for two weeks. Sorsby entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, playing the role heavily throughout the trial. Despite his act, Sorsby was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison.

After ten years in prison, Sorsby gained special privileges, which he used to his advantage. On January 3, 1919, guards realized that Sorsby was missing. In fact, he had been missing for roughly eight days. A manhunt ensued, and Sorsby stayed on the run for 17 months. He was finally recaptured by authorities in July 1920 in Wichita, Kansas, and he served five more years in prison.

Image 1: Charles Fitzgerald
Image 2: News article from 1908
Image 3: Robert Johnston House

We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year! #2023
01/01/2023

We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year! #2023

Over the last 247 years, Postal Inspectors have gone by a few different titles, but their mission has remained the same ...
12/31/2022

Over the last 247 years, Postal Inspectors have gone by a few different titles, but their mission has remained the same - to bring justice to criminals who abuse or misuse the U.S. mail.
https://www.uspis.gov/about/history-of-uspis

CAPTURED: Three suspects have been arrested & are facing federal charges for the murder of  mail carrier Aundre Cross in...
12/30/2022
Three Arrested in Connection with Wisconsin Mail Carrier Slaying - USPIS

CAPTURED: Three suspects have been arrested & are facing federal charges for the murder of mail carrier Aundre Cross in Milwaukee, WI on December 9, 2022.

“Protecting USPS employees is the Postal Inspection Service’s number one priority. In the tragic event that a postal employee is killed in the performance of his or her duty, we spare no expense... to hunt down the culprit. Anyone thinking about attacking one of our employees should know... we will never stop pursuing until they are in custody,” Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale.

"These arrests should make very clear to criminals everywhere that the Postal Inspection Service will not rest when it comes to solving attacks like this. If you harm one of our employees, we will find you and put you behind bars... Though no words can ever undo this terrible crime, we can at least say that these arrests are another step toward securing justice for Aundre Cross," Chicago Division Acting Inspector in Charge Kai Pickens.

Three Arrested in Connection with Wisconsin Mail Carrier Slaying TITLE: Office of Public Affairs PHONE: 202-268-3700 EMAIL: [email protected] Milwaukee, WI – On December 27, 2022, three suspects were arrested on charges related to the murder of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. On the...

BREAKING: Three individuals have been arrested & charged in connection with the murder of  mail carrier Aundre Cross in ...
12/29/2022
Three Individuals Charged in Relation to Murder of Postal Employee

BREAKING: Three individuals have been arrested & charged in connection with the murder of mail carrier Aundre Cross in Milwaukee, WI on December 9, 2022. Thank you to all the law enforcement officials who made these arrests possible.

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Four Washington traffickers arrested & face stiff charges following seizure of 100,000 fentanyl pills, 50 pounds of m**h...
12/29/2022

Four Washington traffickers arrested & face stiff charges following seizure of 100,000 fentanyl pills, 50 pounds of m**h & 20 fi****ms, following an investigation by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, & other partners.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

 news: Georgia man sentenced to 244 months in prison for his role in Ponzi & COVID-19 fraud schemes where he stole more ...
12/27/2022

news: Georgia man sentenced to 244 months in prison for his role in Ponzi & COVID-19 fraud schemes where he stole more than $115 MILLION from victims, following a joint investigation.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

The Grinch isn't the only one who tried to steal holiday cheer from his neighbors. Over the years, Postal Inspectors hav...
12/24/2022

The Grinch isn't the only one who tried to steal holiday cheer from his neighbors. Over the years, Postal Inspectors have been called to investigate some shocking Christmas Eve robberies.
https://www.uspis.gov/about/history-of-uspis

BREAKING: Two Massachusetts teenagers charged in the armed robbery of  mail carrier that occurred in Melrose, MA on Dece...
12/22/2022

BREAKING: Two Massachusetts teenagers charged in the armed robbery of mail carrier that occurred in Melrose, MA on December 10, 2022.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

WANTED: We're offering up to $50,000 reward for info leading to the arrest & conviction of suspect(s) who robbed a  mail...
12/21/2022
Delray Beach, FL: ARMED ROBBERY OF USPS EMPLOYEE - USPIS

WANTED: We're offering up to $50,000 reward for info leading to the arrest & conviction of suspect(s) who robbed a mail carrier in the vicinity of 4355 Village Drive in Delray Beach, FL on November 19, 2022.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two suspects responsible for the armed robbery of a USPS Letter Carrier on November 19, 2022, in the vicinity of 4355 Village Drive, Delray Beach, FL.

Portland mail thief sentenced to 121 months in federal prison & ordered to pay restitution to victims, following investi...
12/20/2022

Portland mail thief sentenced to 121 months in federal prison & ordered to pay restitution to victims, following investigation by .
https://www.uspis.gov/news

 is one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the battle to identify & arrest individuals who s*xually exploit chil...
12/20/2022
FBI and Partners Issue National Public Safety Alert on Financial Sextortion Schemes | Federal Bureau of Investigation

is one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the battle to identify & arrest individuals who s*xually exploit children. Postal Inspectors investigate the use of the mail to illegally transport child po*******hy or otherwise facilitate the s*xual exploitation of children.

Parents and children should have open communication about online activities. Talk with your kids.

The FBI, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is issuing a national public safety alert regarding an explosion in incidents of children and teens being coerced into sending explicit images online and extorted for money—a c...

SENTENCED: Harrisburg, PA man receives 18 years in prison for trafficking more than 75 pounds of co***ne, following inve...
12/19/2022

SENTENCED: Harrisburg, PA man receives 18 years in prison for trafficking more than 75 pounds of co***ne, following investigation by & PA State Police.
https://www.uspis.gov/news

Modern Postal Inspectors use the world's most advanced technology to solve mail crimes, while early Inspectors' skill in...
12/17/2022

Modern Postal Inspectors use the world's most advanced technology to solve mail crimes, while early Inspectors' skill in observation & problem solving led to many of the advanced investigative techniques that are used today.

https://www.uspis.gov/about/history-of-uspis

12/16/2022
2022 Holiday 8 Mess.mp4

Unhappy Holidays Tip 8: Mess With Mail

There are plenty of ways to have an unhappy holiday. Just try this... Mess with mail. If you’re thinking about tampering with or stealing someone’s mail and making their holiday unhappy, don’t do it. It's a federal crime. Theft of mail will land you in jail.


https://www.uspis.gov/holiday-2022

50 percent off on postage? Buy one get one free on rolls of stamps?? Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it prob...
12/16/2022
Counterfeit Stamps - USPIS

50 percent off on postage? Buy one get one free on rolls of stamps?? Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't be fooled by counterfeit postage, and don't get stuck with bogus stamps.

To ensure your trusted communication arrives without delay, the Postal Inspection Service wants you to be aware of--and avoid phony postage.

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