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5 former Chicago postal employees among 11 charged in theft, fraud conspiracy

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CHICAGO — Five former U.S. Postal Service employees are among 11 individuals charged with conspiring to steal credit cards and other financial instruments from the mail.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (USPS-OIG).

Federal authorities uncovered the 18-month conspiracy through a joint investigation titled Operation Cash on Delivery. The former USPS employees, who at the time worked as mail carriers in the Chicagoland area, are alleged to have stolen credit cards and other financial instruments from the mail and provided them to co-conspirators in exchange for cash or other items, according to a 20-count indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Chicago.


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