Forensic analyst Lisa Tolli examines suspected counterfeit stamps.Forensic analyst Lisa Tolli examines
suspected counterfeit stamps.
Inspectors are tasked with safeguarding not only funds that move through the mail, but also combatting the criminal misuse of money orders and postage. When mailers fail to pay proper postage or attempt to mail items at lower-than-required rates, the U.S. Postal Service, funded by sales, not tax revenue, loses critical funds. Inspectors work with postal groups and mailers to detect false claims and criminal schemes. When losses are sustained, inspectors investigate those postage shortfalls and improper or fraudulent mailings.