Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop these postal employees from stealing checks.
The former supervisor at an Atlanta mail distribution facility, a coworker and four others pled guilty this month to stealing $3 million in U.S. Treasury checks, including veterans benefits, tax refunds and Social Security checks. By the time authorities figured out the scheme, the small theft ring had stolen or cashed 1,300 federal checks, officials said.
The IRS, which expects Americans to neatly keep all their receipts and tax documentation, destroyed numerous documents about potential identity theft without ever investigating the allegations, part of a broader failure in its effort to enlist the public to help fight financial crimes.
The agency encourages Americans to report suspected cases of tax fraud, identity theft and other financial crimes and has created specific forms to get complaints and allegations quickly to investigators.