Laws Postal Inspectors Enforce

Postal 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.

Postal Inspector arresting a suspect