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Missing mail found at former postal worker's home

Posted May 12, 2008

— Thousands of pieces of undelivered mail have been found at the home of a former U.S. Postal Service employee, authorities said Monday.

Agents from the service's Office of the Inspector General recently searched the Apex home of the former employee and found more than 100,000 pieces of mail, OIG spokesman Dan Mihalko said. Some of the mail was five or six years old, he said.

A meter reader found some of the mail on the back deck of the home last week and tipped off postal inspectors, he said.

Much of the mail appeared to be fliers and coupons, Mihalko said, but agents were sorting through it to determine whether there was any first-class mail with monetary value, such as checks, that needed to be delivered quickly.

No charges have been filed in the case yet, although agents have contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The employee, whose name hasn't been released, recently resigned from the Postal Service, Mihalko said.


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  • Supie May 13, 2008

    quick, honey, call the creditors. I TOLD them 'the check was in the mail'.... lol...

  • kimndarcie May 13, 2008

    Hi, Amused, I can second your comment on slow Apex mail. I'm in Cary and send a check out every 2 weeks and it takes between 3 and 7 days to get there.

    Wonder if this person was just lazy/overworked or if they were collecting mail for some unknown, weird personal satisfaction?

    Hey debt collector, your check's in the mail... on the back porch... in Apex.

  • TomLynda May 13, 2008

    Animal Lover: Yes, the postal service as a whole is quite good. My step daughter and sister in law both worked for the USPS and I know the work they do. The main reason I pay bills online is that I want to make sure the payments are posted before the due date. Too often mail can very easily get misplaced and such and though it may eventually get delivered, if it is late to pay a bill, they will slap you with late charges in a New York second. The credit card companies make over 1/3 of their profit with fees, that is why they make them so high and will do it if the payment is even one minute after the posted time. We had a car repossessed a few years ago and the whole time the company had two separate payments from us in their building. It just had not been posted. Took us several hundred dollars to undo that mess and protect our credit. That was the last time I made a payment via check and snail mail, and I pay a few days ahead of time.

  • 4 kicks May 13, 2008

    APO75 - lol - maybe I can get my junk mail routed to my mailman's back porch :)

  • Cheeksgirl May 13, 2008

    I just took the test for a rural carrier associate for the postal system. This is a sad story. One of the first things we were told is this is a hard job that requires long days and no overtime pay!

    I guess he said if I am not getting paid it will not get delivered!

  • CestLaVie May 13, 2008

    TomLynda: I agree. I pay Progress Energy & Bellsouth this way now. They email me when a billing is ready, I go online with their link, set it up for payment each month, and it gets paid timely.

    I know I could probably do more of this with mortgage, satellite, car insurance, cell phone payments each month, but just haven't taken the time to set them up, yet. It is a little time consuming to check the billing online each month & set them up, but sure saves wear & tear on worry, not to mention postage. THIS ALONE, is why USPS is hurting & the rates went up again - less demand, but their costs keep rising as to employee salaries, etc.

    In general, we are very pleased with our postal services in Johnston Co. where we live. I'm sure I'd be angry though, if I found my carrier had done as mentioned in this news article.

  • TomLynda May 13, 2008

    malave27896, what service do you use to pay your bills online if they charge a convenience fee? I pay all my bills online and never pay a convenience fee. I go directly to the site of the credit card or the utility or whatever, and they all offer a way to pay online and it doesn't cost anything extra. They used to in the past, but the outcry from customers stopped that. You may have to visit several different sites, but to keep a bank or service company from charging me what I can do for free is a no brainier. If a company doesn't offer the service then I will not do business with them. Check it out, you might like it. Besides, when using a bank to pay bills, all they do is send checks to the different accounts, and there is still a chance the checks will not make it in time, or they may not post in time, and then you get hit with late fees and your credit rating suffers.

  • Reader May 13, 2008

    My Apex rural delivery suffers from a carrier shortage, probably related to the explosive growth. (Have you heard about the school re-assignments in this area?) We have mail coming after 6pm some days when the carrier is working two routes. In the rush to get it out, sometimes our mail ends up in the neighbor's box, or I get both magazine copies when a neighbor also subscribes. They need more help, not more bashing.

  • freidi May 13, 2008

    There is nothing in my 'paper' mailbox I need that I cannot get online. Here's an idea, let's save some trees and convert the USPS to an immigration agency to help local law enforcement. Sounds like a 'green' way of thinking to me.

  • CestLaVie May 13, 2008

    howdiditgettothis: Did you report these problems & findings to the USPS???