USPS employee in Bay Shore charged in Costco kickback scheme – NBC New York

A United States Postal worker has been arrested for allegedly stealing Costco reward checks from the Long Island post office where he worked, authorities said.

Gerome Fowler is accused of stealing $7,000 in loyalty program checks, but investigators say they found him with up to $70,000. According to Suffolk County officials, Fowler took Costco reward checks from a Bay Shore business where he worked and cashed them at Costcos in Holbrook, Nesconset, Commack, Melville and Riverhead.

He was eventually reported to authorities by an alert Costco employee. Police say the employee noticed that Fowler used numerous reward checks and was always dressed in a Postal Service uniform.

Cops say anyone in the affected communities who thinks they’re missing Costco rewards should call the wholesaler.

Special Agent Steven Vargas of the USPS Office of Inspector General strongly condemned the allegations at a news conference earlier Tuesday, calling mail theft a “serious crime” that has “serious consequences” and will not be tolerated.

“The hard work of hundreds of thousands of postal workers should not be overshadowed by those who choose to compromise their integrity for personal gain,” Vargas said.

An attorney for Fowler was not immediately available.

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