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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
Los Angeles Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2011

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U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE:
PROTECTING AMERICA'S MAIL

WASHINGTON, DC—An Annual Report released by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announces strong measures used by the federal law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service to combat all mail-related crime.

U.S. Postal Inspectors across the country safeguard every element of the postal system—including the hundreds of thousands of postal employees who process and deliver the mail and the millions of customers who use it. Postal Inspectors protect thousands of postal facilities and millions of dollars in postal assets—including vehicles, equipment, products, and revenue streams. In the past fiscal year, Postal Inspectors initiated more than 6,000 investigations and arrested just over 6,000 suspects for crimes involving the mail or against the Postal Service.

The Postal Inspection Service continues to meet its overall goal of assuring the security of the Postal Service. About 46 percent of Inspectors’ arrests in FY 2010 related to mail theft—a total of 2,775 suspects. Postal Inspectors arrested approximately 1,000 suspects on mail fraud charges, and analysts prepared 76,955 responses to mail fraud complaints. Revenue-protection efforts by Postal Inspectors over the past year identified and halted in excess of $110 million in postal revenue losses.

Inspectors protect even more customers by educating them about fraudulent schemes. In a brochure that was mailed to nearly every home in America, Postal Inspectors delivered information for postal customers on how to recognize the warning signs of fraud. Inspectors know that when citizens understand how fraud schemes work, they no longer become victims. This nationwide consumer initiative was made possible by money collected in fines and damages from criminals convicted of fraudulent schemes.

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe says “The customer is the focus of everything the Postal Service does." And that really defines all of the work we do.

We invite you to browse our Annual Report online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or call us at 1-877-876-2455. We’re here to protect all postal customers.

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About the U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the country. For more than 200 years, Postal Inspectors have protected the U.S. Postal Service, secured the nation’s mail system and ensured public trust in the mail. To learn more, visit postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

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