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Employee theft investigated at Wesley post office

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WESLEY, IOWA – NorthIowaToday.com was able to confirm this week that an investigation is under way involving theft at the Wesley, Iowa post office.

Earlier this week, an NIT reader informed our newsroom that “people have been victimized by the postmaster” at the Wesley post office.

The caller stated that envelopes had been “ripped open” and “cash taken out.”   Some of the cards were sympathy or celebration type of cards and were found opened in a trash receptacle.

NIT was not able to fully verify those specific details, however, the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) told NIT that an investigation in on-going at this time.

“The USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is investigating employee theft at the Wesley Post Office,” said Richard Watkins, a Corporate Communications Officer with the US Postal Service in Kansas City.

“I’ve asked the OIG’s special agent to keep me posted on the resolution of the case so that I can update you,” Mr. Watkins explained.

The Wesley post office is overseen by the postmaster in Buffalo Center, according to an employee at the Wesley post office, as of February of this year. That employee acknowledged that an investigation was taking place and referred all questions to Lynn Zimmerman, postmaster at Buffalo Center. A call to that post office was not answered Thursday morning.  The Wesley post office employee said there in not, at this time, a postmaster in Wesley and that the employees there were simply operating the office.

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