12 Feb 2007

Documents show funds stolen from Ebeye Island post office in Marshall Islands

11:48 am on 12 February 2007

The Marshall Islands Journal says documents obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act show that more than 14-thousand dollars in U.S. postal money order funds were stolen from the Ebeye Island post office over a three month period in 2005.

The Journal says the incident happened more than four years after U.S. Postal Service or USPS inspectors made recommendations to the Marshall Island's President ,Kessai Note, and the Postmaster General to fix internal management problems in the nation's postal system.

The USPS investigation reports provided to the newspaper also show that USPS inspectors identified serious management problems in the Marshall Islands postal system as early as June 2001.

Government and postal officials in Majuro declined to comment on the reports.

Last year, the USPS changed the Marshall Islands and neighboring Federated States of Micronesia from domestic mail zone status to international, and eliminated numerous services, including cutting off the sales of US postal money orders by the island post offices.