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Postal Workers Caught Using Travel Cards for Personal Food as Costs of Mailing Rise

4 July 2014 / 2 Comments

Postal workers may be famous for delivering that check in the mail. But they apparently are also good at grabbing cash advances off their official credit cards to satisfy their personal hunger.

An investigation by the Postal Service’s internal watchdog identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable expenses that workers charged to their official travel cards.

Among the most common improper purchases were cash advances for groceries or restaurant meals unrelated to travel, or charges that far exceeded their travel food allowances.

“These cash advances were unrelated to official travel, exceeded the amount Postal Service policy allows or occurred too early for travel,” the Postal Service inspector general said in a report that highlighted the waste and fraud.

Such misspent funds come at the expense of Americans, who pony up money for stamps and mailed packages and whose mailing costs have skyrocketed in recent years. The cost of a first-class postage stamp has risen 10 cents in the past decade. The service also is facing multibillion-dollar operating losses that have raised concerns of a taxpayer bailout.

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