By NIKKI YOUNK
KINGSFORD - United States Postal Service (USPS) officials have confirmed that they are investigating allegations of mail theft by an employee at the Kingsford mail processing center.
Robert Rukes, assistant special agent in charge with the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), said that more information on the case should be available next week.
USPS OIG strives to maintain the integrity and accountability of the postal service through independent audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and misconduct.
According to Rukes, most mail theft cases are prosecuted on the federal level.
He added that penalties for mail theft by a USPS employee may include imprisonment of up to five years, fines of up to $250,000, and removal from employment.
The Kingsford mail processing center handles mail for the entire Upper Peninsula.
Nikki Younk's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.