Laws Postal Inspectors EnforcePostal Inspectors enforce more than 200 federal laws through investigations of crimes that may adversely affect or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail, the postal system, or postal employees. Here are some of the laws Inspectors enforce through the Revenue Protection Program.
Title 18 USC Section 371 – Conspiracy to defraud the United States
Title 18 USC Section 501 – Counterfeiting or forgery of postage stamps, postage meter stamps, and other postal products
Title 18 USC Section 641 – Embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records
Title 18 USC Section 1341 – Frauds and swindles
Title 18 USC Section 1343 – Wire fraud
Title 18 USC Section 1349 – Attempt and conspiracy
Title 18 USC Section 1711 – Misappropriation of Postal funds
In addition to the laws noted above, Postal Inspectors may promptly halt any improper use of the mail to shield the public and the Postal Service from potential fraud through administrative proceedings and civil federal court action. Examples of these actions include Cease & Desist Orders, False Representation Orders, Withholding Mail Orders, Civil Injunctions, and Temporary Restraining Orders.