Multiple sources have told KCE that the Pleasant Prairie Postmaster has been placed on leave after he was seen being escorted out of the Pleasant Prairie Post Office by Federal Agents on Friday, September 9, 2022. One employee told us that the Postmaster is being suspected of theft from the office, with a value of more than $50,000. We called the Postmaster on his cell phone and told him about the allegations. He denied them and told us he was on vacation. According to our sources the United States Postal Service is taking huge steps to keep this quiet. One employee told us that senior staff had reported to employees that the Postmaster “retired.” We called the Post Office and spoke with a supervisor who told us that the postmaster was “on leave.” She then put us on hold briefly, came back to the phone and told us “he is not in the building today” and hung up on us. We then drove out to the Post Office and spoke to another manager. She told us that she couldn’t answer any questions and referred us to two men who are in charge of public relations for the Post Office. Minutes after KCE left the Post Office, a message went out to all mail truck saying “don’t talk to the media or answer any questions [about the postmaster].”
KCE Reached out to Desai Abdul-Razzaaq and George “Brian” Reeves with the Strategic Communications branch of USPS Corporate Communications. Neither would tell us anything about the investigation and referred us to the United States Office of the Inspector General. KCE heard back from Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cloninger who told us:
“As a matter of standard USPS OIG protocol, the USPS OIG does not confirm or refute information related to possible ongoing USPS OIG investigations, except in matters where details of the investigation become a matter of public record.”
The lack or transparency within the United Stated Postal Service is nothing new. Two years ago, a mail carrier for the Kenosha Post Office, Evan Quirk, was arrested and charged for theft. He was charged with stealing used panties from a mailbox on his route. The victim was a woman who sold used panties for money. Neither the Office nof the Inspector General nor George Reeves would give us information then either. The Kenosha Postmaster Mike Hall didn’t fire Quirk, who’s mother is reportedly a supervisor at the Post Office.
We spoke with Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana who told us :
“The Pleasant Prairie Police Department does not have a current investigation regarding the Post Office located in our jurisdiction.”
KCE isn’t naming the Pleasant Prairie Postmaster as he hasn’t been charged with a crime. This is a breaking story and we will follow up soon.