Postal supervisor in Massachusetts charged with stealing $53,000 in travel reimbursement scheme

A Massachusetts man who works as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service has been charged in federal court with stealing thousands of dollars in government funds through a false travel reimbursement scheme.

Anthony Fernandes, 37, of Douglas, Massachusetts, was charged with one count of theft of government money. He will appear before federal court in Boston at a later time, according to a statement Monday from U.S. District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

Authorities say Fernandes, who works in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, is alleged to have fraudulently used the U.S. Postal Service supervisor’s travel authorization account to approve approximately $52,987 in fraudulent travel reimbursement requests between the period of April through November 2022.

If convicted, Fernandes faces up to 10 years in prison, including three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Do my tax dollars pay for the U.S. Postal Service?

No, the Postal Service is generally self-funded, relying on revenue from sale of stamps, products and other services to fund its operations, according to the agency’s Office of the Inspector General. That means no tax dollars are used to keep Postal Service facilities operating – nor would any tax dollars have been lost by alleged theft of Postal Service funds.

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