Investigation into money missing from mail

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - When you mail Christmas cards, you expect them to arrive to their destinations in tact.  But that wasn't the case for one Louisa man, who called NBC12 after not only having one card disappear but the cash that was mailed with it.

That call to our newsroom has sparked an investigation at the post office.

The Louisa man lost out on 20 bucks that he stuffed in a Christmas card for a relative.

While he admits it wasn't the best idea, he wants to warn others.

A little holiday generosity, lost in the mail.

"The money's not the issue but I would hate the thought of this happening to a lot of people," said the man who did not want to be identified.

He dropped twenty bucks in two Christmas cards for relatives.

They were signed, sealed and even reinforced with tape.

Both cards were dropped in the mailbox Tuesday.  By Thursday when they reached their relatives there was a problem with both.

One made its way from Mineral to North Carolina.

"The money was in there it was just mangled," he said.

He said the other arrived at a Richmond address, empty.

 "Just the envelope no card no nothing," he said.

Some 4 to 5 million pieces of mail pass through Richmond between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 Post office spokesperson, Cathy Boule, says it's rare for something to happen to the letters, but when they do get a report, they take it seriously.

The Office of Inspector General is now investigating this case.

The Louisa man has his suspicions.

"One of them I can blame probably on the mail on the sorter issue but the other one it seems like there's a little more to it," he said.

He said he's learned a lesson.

 "Be wary of sending cash it's not a knock on the postal department but who knows," he said.

But if it was theft, he hopes it stops with him.

"Whoever did do this if it was somebody who did it it'll make them a little nervous and they'll stop it that's what I'd like to see as an outcome," he said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigates everything from mail theft to tampering.    If you need to report a problem, call this number, 877-876-2455.

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