Workers Fear they May Have Helped Company Steal from Postal Service - Eric Alvarez
Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 11:23 PM CST
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"Once we all figured out that we all bought roughly $100,000 worth of stamps we agreed that there was something fishy and we went to the police,” Jason Paulk said.
Paulk says his bizarre and unintentional involvement in a federal fraud investigation started when he accepted a courier job with Marquis Marketing, after seeing the job post on Craigslist.
On Wednesday, Paulk reported to his first day at a Church Street office building with multiple tenants. He says a man who told him his name was Isaac Collins sent him on a strange assignment to buy ten thousand stamps with a company check.
Paulk has the receipt to prove he bought more than $54,000 in stamps from the Hermitage post office.
“I delivered them downtown like I was told and that was that,” Paulk said.
The next day Paulk showed up to work again, only to discover at least seven others had also bought large quantities of stamps, and that their "boss" had vanished without a trace.
“This guy never showed back up neither of the people that we had talked to what answer their phone anymore,” Paulk said,
That's when the would-be couriers called the police.
The fear is that they bought the stamps with bad checks and whoever they gave the stamps to might re-sell them.
“If these guys are crooks or they're doing something illegal I hope they're caught,” Paulk said. “That's the long and the short of it.”
Similar incidents have popped up in Arkansas, Arizona, Washington and Illinois dating all the way back to 1990, according to newspapers in those areas.
A post office investigator tells Fox. 17 Metro Nashville Police and even the Secret Service, which deals with counterfeit currency is involved in the investigation.
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