Investigation: Missing mail could come to end, arrest warrant filed
There may be a conclusion to a story we investigated back in October.
People living in Wyndmere, North Dakota contacted our Whistleblower Hotline saying they wanted us to look into a mail issue.
We talked to over a dozen people who explained that packages, birthday money, and important documents were being opened, and sometimes stolen. One man, who did not want to be identified said, "Anything that has any kind of value just isn't showing up."
A truck driver told us he has lost thousands of dollars in revenue because important documents never came in the mail. Another man said his bank statements were delivered, but someone opened them first. A few families explained how money from birthday or graduation cards just disappeared.
The same man told us something needed to be done, "Yeah, someone needs to stop it, and find out who is stealing the mail. And whoever is stealing the mail needs to be charged to the fullest extent. I mean it's a federal offence, and not just get a slap on the wrist and lose your job."
Two people living in Wyndmere contacted Valley News Live on Wednesday, saying there have not been any mail problems anymore. An arrest warrant, filed on Wednesday may explain why.
Based on an investigation done by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, a rural mail carrier is wanted by law enforcement. Amy Tiegs, who worked for the Wyndmere Post Office is accused of stealing mail that she should have delivered to a couple in Barney, North Dakota.
According to court documents, investigators say Tiegs took an electronic rebate card worth $650.00. She then allegedly spent it at a number of stores, including Econo Wine and Spirits, Walmart, McDonald’s, and M&H. The documents say there is surveillance footage of Tiegs using the stolen card twice at Walmart.
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General told Valley News Live on Wednesday that no one has been arrested at this time.
In September of 2016, the USPS OIG received complaints from people in the Wydmere delivery area saying that Postal Service employee was stealing mail. In October, USPS OIG agents found, approached, and interviewed the person they say they believe was stealing mail. Then, in January they finished the investigation and sent it to the state for prosecutorial consideration.
A representative with the USPS OIG tells us the case has been accepted for prosecution. “This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal activity.
They could not comment if Tiegs is accused of other theft relating to other missing mail in the area.
If you have any information related to this incident, the USPS OIG is asking for you to reach out to them. They can be reached at (1-888-877-7644) or at www.uspsoig.gov/hotline.
We called the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, but have not head back yet.
We also reached out to Tiegs, but have not heard back.