Feds move to stamp out postal crime
Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes - including a carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 items of mail.
The US attorney's office said it had charged 33 people with theft, possession of stolen mail, conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, making false statements and use of stolen credit cards.
One case says a former Mail Handlers Union executive stole more than 150 mobile phones at a distribution centre in the Moreno Valley and traded them through a website.
Another accuses a Los Angeles mail carrier of being involved in a scheme that created pre-paid PayPal debit cards using stolen identities. Prosecutors say the fraud caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.