USPS officials investigate theft allegations at Brookfield facility

BROOKFIELD — The Office of the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspector General is investigating allegations of theft inside the post office in Brookfield.

Jeff Arney, assistant special agent in charge, said the allegations surfaced in “late fall.”

Arney said he couldn’t disclose how many packages were targeted and/or tampered with, and didn’t specify how many employees are under investigation.

But he said the suspects have been placed on unpaid leave.

“The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination who would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior,” Arney said in a statement.

“This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and when a postal employee betrays that trust of the American people, the special agents in the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General vigorously investigate these matters as we did in this instance and work with local, state and federal prosecutors to hold accountable those employees who violate that public trust,” the statement continued.

Eventually, the findings of the ongoing investigation will be presented to USPS officials for possible disciplinary measures against the employees involved.

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