Posted 57 days ago
FIRST ON FOX: House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik says U. S. Postal Service (USPS) workers have stolen hundreds of donor checks totaling over $20,000.
A letter from the USPS to Stefanik's campaign confirms its mail was "targeted for theft" at a USPS shipping center.
Fox News Digital exclusively obtained photos of the mail recovered by USPS as well as a letter from Stefanik’s campaign’s legal counsel to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy regarding the issue.
The photos show several packages torn into from the top as well as a ripped check that was not taken.
Stefanik’s campaign says that USPS workers opened mail from the campaign from four separate packages on three separate days in June, October, and November.
The alleged theft saw hundreds of donor checks totaling over $20,000 lifted from secured packages, according to Stefanik’s campaign.
Stefanik’s campaign also says that the U. S. postal police have failed to elevate the matter, even after senior campaign officials reached out, and that the USPS has yet to file their mandatory congressional report on the issue.
"On four separate occasions between June 2022 and November 2022, packages sent by Elise for Congress containing campaign contributions were ripped open and the contents stolen while in the custody of USPS or its contractors. Three of these incidents occurred in a single week," the letter reads.
"In each case, the evidence indicates that Elise for Congress’s packages were plundered by a USPS employee or contractor while the packages were in transit. These repeated security failures by USPS have not only resulted in the loss of nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions, but also—and more alarmingly—have exposed hundreds of Congresswoman Stefanik’s campaign supporters to potential identity theft or financial fraud," the letter continues.
The attorneys said the congresswoman and her campaign "have been disappointed by USPS’s response thus far to these brazen incidents" and that the "US Postal Inspection Service—which recovered the discarded, ripped open packages in Memphis—has not returned our client’s calls."
The campaign’s attorneys also wrote that, though USPS’s inspector general office (USPS OIG) "is investigating the mail theft, they indicated it would be difficult to identify the USPS employees or contractors who perpetrated these crimes unless and until one or more of Elise for Congress’s supporters becomes the victim of identity theft or financial fraud."... (Read more)