House GOP Leader Reports That Postal Workers Stole Over $20,000 In Campaign Donations

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House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) relayed reports that implicit $20,000 successful run funds were stolen from her by postal workers, and has demanded that the United States Postal Service (USPS) supply answers.

Stefanik announced the quality successful a Dec. 2 property merchandise obtained by The Epoch Times.

Stefanik’s squad discovered the transgression successful June, aft the instrumentality enforcement part of the USPS, the Postal Inspection Service, informed them that a bundle containing hundreds of checks had been ripped into and the checks—campaign donations to Stefanik—had been removed from the parcels. Similar instances took spot again successful October and past November.

Reportedly, the discarded and ripped packages were discovered by the Postal Inspection Service successful June.

Though message theft is simply a long-running transgression successful the United States, message theft of a legislature member’s run checks is simply a first.

Adding to the unprecedented quality of the crime, Stefanik was serving arsenic the No. 3 GOP leader, league chair, erstwhile the crimes took place. She has been reelected to the presumption for the 118th Congress.

In a Dec. 1 missive to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Stefanik relayed the accusation she had received astir the crime.

On 4 separate occasions betwixt June 2022 and November 2022, packages sent by Elise for Congress containing run contributions were ripped open and the contents stolen portion successful the custody of USPS oregon its contractors. Three of these incidents occurred successful a single week,” Stefanik wrote. “In each case, the grounds indicates that Elise for Congress’s packages were plundered by a USPS worker oregon contractor portion the packages were successful transit.”

Photos included successful the property merchandise amusement packages intelligibly torn into.

Epoch Times Photo Photos of a bundle discovered successful Memphis, Tennessee, containing hundreds of donation checks for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

More concerning than the theft of the checks, Stefanik said, is the hazard of individuality theft that this transgression poses for her donors.

“These repeated security failures by USPS person not lone resulted successful the nonaccomplishment of astir $20,000 successful run contributions, but also—and much alarmingly—have exposed hundreds of Congresswoman Stefanik’s run supporters to imaginable individuality theft oregon fiscal fraud.”

According to the release, “repeated information failures” by the USPS were the origin of the theft.

Stefanik lists shocking allegations successful the release, claiming that postal workers had chopped into respective packages containing hundreds of checks each and mailed connected 3 abstracted days.

“We instrumentality other steps to marque definite they are sent securely,” Stefanik wrote, “but these packages were intelligibly chopped into … straight with the checks stolen.”

USPS Ignored Stefanik’s Queries

Despite the unprecedented quality of the crime, Stefanik says the USPS has dragged its feet successful answering her queries. She is present demanding a ramp-up of the investigation.

“The postal constabulary person failed to escalate this matter, adjacent aft our elder run officials reached retired to them,” Stefanik said.

Stefanik says that aft she was notified of the crimes, USPS stopped taking her calls pushing them to dainty the substance with much urgency.

In her missive to DeJoy, Stefanik reported: “Our clients person been disappointed by USPS’s effect frankincense acold to these brazen incidents. The US Postal Inspection Service—which recovered the discarded, ripped unfastened packages successful Memphis—has not returned our client’s calls.”

The USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) told Stefanik’s team, Stefanik paraphrased, that “it would beryllium hard to place the USPS employees oregon contractors who perpetrated these crimes unless and until 1 oregon much of Elise for Congress’s supporters becomes the unfortunate of individuality theft oregon fiscal fraud.”

Following the incidental successful June, Stefanik was told to expect a study from the USPS Office of Inspector General. Now, astir fractional a twelvemonth later, they are inactive waiting for that report.

“It is unacceptable that USPS has repeatedly allowed these targeted thefts to hap and cannot place who committed the thefts, fto unsocial wherever oregon however the thefts occurred,” Stefanik said.

‘Systemic’ Problem

The theft against her, Stefanik says, speaks to a much “systemic” occupation with USPS message security.

“Given the systemic quality of this superior problem, Congresswoman Stefanik and Elise for Congress consciousness compelled to elevate this contented to you,” Stefanik wrote.

She included a database of demands, including “a database of each factual actions taken by USPS to analyse these thefts,” “the peculiar steps that USPS volition instrumentality to guarantee that Elise for Congress volition not beryllium the unfortunate of message theft successful the future,” and “a database of the actions that USPS volition instrumentality to much efficaciously prevent, detect, and prosecute message theft some successful New York’s 21st Congressional District and nationwide.”

The theft, however, should interest mundane Americans too, Stefanik said, arsenic the USPS seems “unwilling oregon unable” to combat message theft effectively.

“Congresswoman Stefanik and her run supporters are not the lone Americans who person been victimized by message theft,” Stefanik’s squad wrote. “Mail theft is rampant successful the United States, and USPS appears unwilling oregon incapable to efficaciously deter oregon forestall it. News outlets from Houston to Chicago and from the District of Columbia to Sacramento person reported connected the increasing message theft situation gripping America.”

Those hoping to currency successful done message theft volition often people packages believed to incorporate currency oregon checks. Checks recovered successful packages are past “washed,” removing the archetypal writing, and re-written earlier being cashed out.

Because these checks besides incorporate delicate idiosyncratic information, thieves tin past further nett disconnected of the theft by selling this accusation oregon utilizing it themselves, meaning that victims of message theft tin aboriginal find their identities person been stolen by the perpetrators.

According to the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group astatine Georgia State University, stolen checks are popping up for merchantability connected the acheronian web successful overmuch higher quantities than they did adjacent a fewer years ago. The radical recovered a 1,654 percent summation successful the fig of checks for merchantability connected the acheronian web successful 2022 implicit autumn 2020 levels. The fig of caller stolen checks cropping up connected the acheronian web has accrued staggeringly, from astir 114 stolen checks per week successful 2020 to 2,000 stolen checks per week successful 2022.

Often, the root of these crimes are postal workers themselves, Stefanik reported—a concern she blasted the USPS for failing to combat.

“Mail theft tin devastate tiny concern owners and those connected fixed incomes, including the elderly,” the New York Republican wrote. “By failing to forestall oregon deter message theft, USPS is exposing hardworking, guiltless Americans to predatory criminals conscionable arsenic rising ostentation and a cooling system person near them astatine their astir financially vulnerable.

“We anticipation that you and USPS are taking these systemic issues arsenic earnestly arsenic they merit to beryllium taken. Our clients look guardant to receiving the accusation from USPS specified supra and continuing to enactment with some you and the applicable investigative authorities to guarantee the scourge of message theft is adequately addressed.”

David Partenheimer, speaking connected behalf of the USPS, told The Epoch Times successful an email that they had received Stefanik’s earlier requests.

“We volition respond to the sender straight with our findings connected this investigative matter,” Partenheimer wrote. “In matters similar this, some the Postal Inspection Service and Office of Inspector General person a imaginable relation to play.”

Joseph Lord

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Joseph Lord is simply a legislature newsman for The Epoch Times.