First there was the case of the eBay seller who was accused of defrauding the USPS of $18,000 by sending packages to his customers for a penny. Now comes a new case of an eBay seller who is accused of defrauding the USPS of $400,000 by counterfeiting postage labels.
ClickonDetroit.com published an affidavit of Postal Inspector Rodney Weiss filed for the purpose of securing an arrest warrant.
Weiss said the Postal Service detected an unusual pattern and a review of the suspect’s parcels showed it appeared that the company was attempting to send parcels via Priority Mail, but only paying First Class mail rates (in order to get a tracking number). “Postal officials noted two parcels had a Priority Mail label where postage had been cut and pasted onto a First Class tracking label. Postal officials inspected the mailing label itself and discovered the top portion of the mailing label had been cut and taped to another mailing label.
“Postal officials peeled one of the labels back and found that someone had cut the top portion of a Priority piece, made copies, and then taped it to the bottom half of a First Class Mailing label.”
The document goes on to explain how it believes the suspect prepared the parcels along with its estimates of underpayment.
The newspaper wrote, “Overall, since June 2008 Advanced Business is accused of counterfeiting enough postage labels to cost the Postal Service a revenue loss of $437,855.07.”