Auto-repair mogul accused of running $30M postal-truck repair scam

From the New York Post:

A New York auto-repair magnate has been getting rich off postal customers by billing for work on US Postal Service trucks that were returned with shoddy repairs or no repairs at all, Manhattan federal prosecutors said on Friday.

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In exchange, Issa, of Poughkeepsie — who raked in $30 million from USPS in 2012 — billed for work that was not needed or not done, according to the complaint.

He faces up to 25 years in prison for bribery and theft.

Source: Auto-repair mogul accused of running $30M postal-truck repair scam | New York Post

26 thoughts on “Auto-repair mogul accused of running $30M postal-truck repair scam

  1. The problem within the PO is there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!! There is way too much corruption, fraud and mismanagement-and NO ONE within the agency cares, it really is a shame. How can this amount of money be charged and NO ONE in the PO had any inkling?! Someone is asleep at the wheel-FIRE THEM-make examples. No checks and balances?! And if someone knew and tried to expose it good luck to them-the PO black balls any Whistleblower-they say they will protect a whistleblower-it’s a lie. They will do whatever they can to silence a whistleblower and get away with their cheating and lying. PO higher ups want Congress to help bail them out of the financial hole they put themselves in? If you close your eyes to the fraud within your organization YOU are the one responsible to clean up your own mess. How about someone higher up doing the right thing and having accountability and getting rid of the higher ups who don’t deserve the jobs they have?! This organization is a lie within a lie.

  2. The problem within the PO is there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!! There is way too much corruption, fraud and mismanagement-and NO ONE within the agency cares, it really is a shame. How can this amount of money be charged and NO ONE in the PO had any inkling?! Someone is asleep at the wheel-FIRE THEM-make examples. No checks and balances?! And if someone knew and tried to expose it good luck to them-the PO black balls any Whistleblower-they say they will protect a whistleblower-it’s a lie. They will do whatever they can to silence a whistleblower and get away with their cheating and lying. PO higher ups want Congress to help bail them out of the financial hole they put themselves in? If you close your eyes to the fraud within your organization YOU are the one responsible to clean up your own mess. How about someone higher up doing the right thing and having accountability and getting rid of the higher ups who don’t deserve the jobs they have?! This organization is a lie within a lie.

    • There is no legit investigating agency that oversees the PO-that’s the problem. Someone knew what was going on and did nothing, maybe afraid of being a whistleblower and then they make your life a horror, or they were on the take. There is no accountability in this agency that is the main problem! They will keep dishonest, corrupt higher ups, moving them from job to job to “hide” them, in the real world they would be fired-the PO just covers up for them

  3. Do not be fooled, 30 million is the tip of the iceberg. If a legit investigating agency digs deeper, this scam is probably in the 300-400 million dollar range and involves many USPS managers. Truck repair and towing and it was probably all done with the blessings of managers that gave out these contracts.

  4. VMF EMPLOYEE SCOTT SMITH TRIED STARTING A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION IN MY SHOP ASKING ME WHERE I GET MY WORK FROM

  5. POST OFFICE OIG COVERED IT UP. POST OFFICE EXEMPT FROM WHISTLEBLOWER. THE BIGGER CRIME WAS THE OIG OFFICER NOT DOING THEIR JOB.

    • MY PREVIOUS VOMA TIM STINES WENT AROUND TO EVERY ONE OF THE OFFICES I USED TO DEAL WITH AND TOLD THEM I WAS OVERCHARGING AND BEING INVESTIGATED AND HE PRAISED HIS OTHER CONTRACTOR WHO IS NOT A LEGAL SHOP WITH NO WORKERS COMP, ONE OWNER SCAMMING NYS DISABILITY, IMPROPER INSURANCE, WORKING IN A BUILDING NOT ZONED AUTOMOTIVE, IMPROPER INSURANCES BECAUSE HE WORKS CHEAPER AND DOES NOTHING BUT WORK ON POST OFFICE VEHICLES. NO OTHER WORK. SPOONFED A PERSON WHO IS VIOLATING MANY BUSINESS LAWS. VMF SAYS ITS O.K. THEY NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM BECAUSE HES AT THE IMMEDIATE CALL. DOESNT MATTER IF HES LEGAL

  6. Well I was a victim of this whole daimner fleet scam. Robert Kasten of the Hicksville VMF arranged private meetings for anthony issa in every single office out my way insisting he use them. After seeing the bills I pointed out they were fraudulant. I was told by Kasten and Bert Ebner of the Hicksville VMF to mind my own business. I had one of kastens vomas in my building trying to start a physical altercation after he was asking me where I was getting my work from. SCOTT SMITH. HOPE SOMEONE SPRECIAL IS READING THIS. After that they were refusing to get parts to me, lied to postmasters, and blackballed me saying I was under investigation after I turned them into the post office oig. OIG went back to them and told them what I said. Blackballed. VMF employees lied and targeted and lost all work after 28 years of hard dedication. OIG covered it up. Whistleblower doesnt apply to USPS employees. Good thing im not a employee so that did not apply. They thought they were untouchable. So I went to the FBI and the US justice department. Now im a crime victim. dont have to prove my case now. THANK YOU ROBERT KASTEN FOR YOU PERSITENCE IN TRYING TO SABOTAGE OUR BUSINESS…

  7. It is too bad some of these old timers are not around. if William Proxmire (D) was
    still around these guys could win the Golden Fleece Award. These guys had a way of
    calling things the way it was. I don’t know who raised some of these cry babies that
    start crying when you point out that everyone is tired of being had. I am sorry that the
    truth cuts like knife.

    • No checks and balances and people on the take-that’s why it’s not caught right away. And when a person in a higher position in the PO is caught doing something fradulent they are moved (protected) to a different position until history repeats itself. This is the most mismanaged organization around!

  8. Why does it take $30 mil before anyone acts. This goes on nation wide at almost every contracted garage. The USPS pays for the work, never checks it, then when the truck gets to the VMF we fix it right. Yet management thinks everything is fine.

  9. All you have to do is to go to just about any VMF in the in the US and find the same thing going on.

    • This is starting to make sense now. This is probably the reason that VMF facilities were put under Headquarters Payroll. Like you said this is wide spread, Dirty Managers everywhere, 30 million here, 20 million there…..adds up to a nice chunk of change. sounds like Bonuses for Management now, with all this found money.

  10. How many Postal Management were part of the scam? 30 million isn’t chicken feed.
    I know the people at USPS in Management are scum of the earth, but that’s be real.
    Even the people with the lowest IQ, have to be accountable. How many more fall
    guy’s do they got?. If you believe one person did this alone. I’ve got some prime
    land in the everglades for development.

  11. Hmmm!!!!!
    Any relation to Senator Issa, of California???
    He (Sen. Issa) had a multimillion dollar auto alarm business too. Allegedly, he confiscated from his tenant for missing one months rent as payment. He’s was recently involved in allegedly trying to then privatize the USPS, along with his friend X Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe….. Sound familiar?
    “My Blood Runs Cold”

    • Allegedly my ass! Issa and Donahoe were hell bent on crippling the Postal Service,Issa,with his damaging bills he passed through his committee and Donahoe with his degrading of service and shady attempts to outsource APWU functions to set it up for privatization.

  12. Every contractor the Post Office hired for Auto mechanic assistance. They have screwing the P.O. this is old news that finally someone realized.

  13. Wonder if he’s related to that crook,Rep.Darrell Issa,who has been on a mission to kill off the Postal Service to line his pockets from his UPS stock and what manager was getting the kickbacks?

    • they should look at the sun cost fl tampa management contracting out pmi they do 45 pmi on 1 sunday with only 4 people . the contractor is a X Post Master his co. gets paid first

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