Wondering where that package that you sent to UPS’ headquarters in November went? Don’t worry, the sleuths at the United States Postal Service are on the case.
Dushaun Henderson-Spruce of Chicago reportedly used a USPS Change of Address form to change the headquarters of UPS – the private company – from its Atlanta headquarters to his personal apartment. The ruse spanned for “months” towards the end of 2017.
In perhaps the least shocking story of government incompetence in history, nobody in the Chicago offices of the USPS realized that hundreds of pieces of mail addressed to UPS were instead being delivered to Henderson-Spruce daily.
UPS said it “was notified that some U.S. mail, intended for UPS employees at the company’s headquarters address, was redirected by an unauthorized change of address by a third party. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) corrected the issue and the USPS Postal Inspector is investigating the incident,” according to NPR.
Did anyone know that USPS had a Postal Inspector? Apparently they didn’t, either.
Now for the pivotal question: Whose signature did Henderson-Spruce forge on the Change of Address form to fool USPS into thinking that UPS was legitimately changing the address of their corporate headquarters? It had to the CEO right? At least a high-level director? A middle-manager? The answer is none of the above. Henderson-Spruce wrote “UPS” on the signature line of the form. That was all it took to pull off the rip-off.
“The mail contained personal identifying information of employees, as well as business checks and invoices, according to the affadavit,” says the NPR report. “He was also sent American Express corporate credit cards. Henderson-Spruce allegedly deposited into his bank account some 10 checks addressed to the company, totaling approximately $58,000.”
Unfortunately for Henderson-Spruce, the forgery and fraud change the story from a hilarious gag to a federal crime. Can’t win ’em all.
In April, President Donald J. Trump enlisted a task force to review and reform the clearly-broken USPS. A verification system for address changes might be a decent place to start.