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Retired postal inspector convicted, sentenced for mail misuse

A retired senior postal inspector who held a high position with the Postal Service in San Francisco was sentenced in federal court in Boise today for mailing 64 separate parcels containing everything from his golf clubs to a microwave oven to Boise, where he had purchased a home last summer and was retiring, without paying postage on the parcels. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the inspector, Gregory Staisiunas, 50, sent the parcels via registered mail using “penalty cover” labels that showed postage and fees had been paid; those labels were supposed to be only for official government mail. He also admitted sending liquor and ammunition through the mail, which is illegal. Convicted of two misdemeanors and five petty infractions, Staisiunas was sentenced to $2,504 in restitution for the unpaid postage, $13,944.57 in fines and 200 hours of community service. Click below to read the full news release from the Idaho U.S. Attorney’s office.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 04, 2009

RETIRED SENIOR POSTAL INSPECTOR SENTENCED
Gregory P. Staisiunas, 50, a retired United States postal inspector, pled guilty in Boise
this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams to two counts of Mailing
Injurious Articles and five counts of Misuse of Penalty Mail labels to avoid payment of postage.
The first two offenses are misdemeanors and the last five are petty infractions under federal law.
Staisiunas, the former unit chief of the Western/Pacific Area Field Office, Joint Mission
Support Center in San Francisco, admitted that shortly before he retired in the summer of 2009
he mailed 64 separate parcels containing his personal property and effects to Boise, where he had purchased a home. Staisiunas sent the parcels via Registered Mail using “Penalty Cover” labels indicating first-class Mail Postage & Fees Paid.
Staisiunas admitted that he knew that “Penalty Cover” labels may only be used for
official government mail, and that the packages and other parcels he sent each contained
personal items, including golf clubs, a microwave oven, food, clothing, kitchen supplies and
other personal items that he was not entitled to send through the mail without paying postage.
Staisiunas also admitted sending liquor and ammunition through the mail, which he knew, based
on his experience as a postal inspector, are nonmailable.
Judge Williams ordered Staisiunas to pay $2,504 in restitution for the unpaid postage,
and a fine of $13,944.57, which is the amount equal to the costs of the investigation. Judge
Williams also ordered Staisiunas to perform 200 hours of community service. Staisiunas will be
on two years of probation.
United States Attorney Tom Moss commended the United States Postal Service, Office
of Inspector General headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, which investigated this case. Moss
said, “Law enforcement officers are sworn to enforce the law. They have many rights that
normal citizens do not have, and when they break the law they are betraying the trust the public
has put in them. These were financial crimes, and the punishment fits the crime.”
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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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