USPS suspends worker who dumped mail
BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) - The fallout continues from in a local postal service scandal that caught a worker tossing mail into a dumpster in Bond Hill.
The woman who threw away mail is suspended, USPS said in a statement. FOX19 also learned that she's been with the postal service for less than 90 days.
"There's no telling how many people that work for the postal service that's actually doing this," said Keisha Howard.
Twice a year the US Postal Service reports to Congress with their investigative activity. According to the USPS, from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, their agency took 493 administrative actions from warnings to terminations.
"That includes theft of mail and delay or destruction of mail," said Scott Balfour with the USPS.
Scott Balfour with the Postal Service couldn't release the woman's name but he says there's no indication the employee has ever done this before.
"We take this matter very seriously, they do not happen very frequently but when they do we do our best to investigate them and see that the employee responsible gets held account for their actions," said Balfour.
But this woman's actions aren't sitting well with local residents.
"We depend on getting our mail every day," said Donald A. Gibson.
"You have people that actually dumpster dive and get these types of items that can start up identity theft or anything. It just doesn't make any sense to me at all," said Howard.
"I'm a disabled vet and I get a lot of medication that comes in the mail which is odd for me the last couple days I didn't get any mail. I get something always, every day," said Donald Kaiser.
Donald Kaiser says even man's best friend knows something is wrong.
"My dog actually goes and gets the mail out of the mailbox in the house and brings it to me. Her name is Sasha, so she wasn't going to the mailbox anymore," said Kaiser.
Not only could the woman be fired, but criminal charges are a possibility. One worker who violated Postal Service rules spent six months in prison and six months home detention for his shady activity.
"You really have to kind of check their background like they do with the military basically just to make sure they got the right kind of people doing this job," said Gibson.
The United States Postal Service says the mail that was thrown in the dumpster was recovered and is being delivered to customers.
The best way to report any missing mail is contact your local post office.
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