$10,000 to $50,000. Collect cash reward for others mailing fake ballots. US Postal Service offer.
Do you know anyone who grabbed some one else’s mail-in ballot in the recent election? The ballot may have been misaddressed, or the named voter moved, or died, and instead of returning it to the state election official, it was opened, voted, and mailed back? If you do, you may be eligible for a reward from the US Postal Service. Rewards are up to $50,000.
It might go like this. Mailing in a fake ballot, either counterfeit, or stolen, violates the mail fraud statute, under 18 United States Code Section 1341. The statute states in part, ‘Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining *** property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, or to *** dispose of, *** alter, give away, distribute, supply or furnish or procure for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious ** article, *** for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice or attempting so to do, places in any post office or authorized depository for mail matter, any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by the Postal service, or deposits or causes to be deposited any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by any private or commercial interstate carrier, or takes or receives there from any such matter or thing, or knowingly causes to be delivered by mail or such carrier according to the direction thereon, or at the place at which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, any such matter or thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned ***.
The ballot is an article, and if the article does not belong to the person who casts the ballot, that is mail fraud.
The Postal Service offers these two rewards.
THEFT, POSSESSION, DESTRUCTION, OR OBSTRUCTION OF MAIL $10,000
Theft or attempted theft of any mail, or the contents thereof, *** under the custody and control of the Postal Service from any custodian*** Post Office, or station, receptacle, or depository established, approved, or designated by the Postmaster General for the receipt of mail; or destroying, obstructing, or retarding the passage of mail***
So, someone taking ballots from an apartment building mail drop, is in theft of mail.
POSTAGE OR METER TAMPERING $50,000
The unlawful use, reuse, or forgery of postage stamps, postage meter stamps, permit imprints, or other postage; ***.
The use of postage to commit mail fraud is an unlawful use of postage.
. RELATED OFFENSES
The Postal Inspection Service also offers rewards as stated above for information and services leading to the arrest and conviction of any person: (1) for being an accessory to any of the above crimes; (2) for receiving or having unlawful possession of any mail, money, or property secured through the above crimes; and (3) for conspiracy to commit any of the above crimes.
The Postal Inspection Service investigates the above-described crimes. Information concerning the violations, requests for applications for rewards, and written claims for rewards should be furnished to the nearest Postal Inspector.
The amount of any reward will be based on the significance of services rendered, character of the offender, risks and hazards involved, time spent, and expenses incurred. Amounts of rewards shown above are the maximum amounts that will be paid.
Ask around. The ‘perp’ as they might say on NCIS, need not know you. Media reports 80 million ballots may have been mailed out. States who had the most were California, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona. You don’t have to live there, if you just have credible evidence, If so, you may have hit a jackpot.
Call 1-877-876-2455. Visit www.uspis.gov to report suspected fraud online. To learn more about mail fraud or to report suspected fraud, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Web site at www.uspis.gov
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