Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Postal worker fired in alleged theft case

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — A recently hired post office employee has been fired amid an investigation of mail theft.

        The employee worked at the Dixie Branch on Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, said Bonni Manies, a Postal Service spokeswoman based in Cincinnati,

        “We take the theft of mail seriously,” she said. “We will not tolerate employees pilfering the mail.”

        Ms. Manies said the person was fired from a career position, meaning the worker was not temporary help. She said more details — including the employee's name — would become public record through a federal indictment, which could happen in the next month.

        Ms. Manies referred questions to the post office's criminal investigations wing. Local postal inspectors, who were at a out-of-town conference, couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment.

        There are more than 800,000 postal employees nationwide, Ms. Manies said, adding that the Cincinnati district has 10,000 postal workers.

        “Even though we hope that every employee has a high moral fiber, unfortunately, that isn't always the case,” Ms. Manies said.


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