An Omaha postal employee has been accused of stealing mail from Lincoln residents and, in at least some instances, stealing their identities.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says surveillance video identified the suspect as 43-year-old Domonic Harris, an employee of the Omaha Processing and Distribution Center.
Sheriff’s Captain Ben Houchen says an investigation began when a Waverly woman reported her address had been changed without her knowledge. Investigators then discovered that new credit cards issued in her name had been used at various Lincoln businesses.
“The change of addresses were going to a residence that was not occupied in northeast Lincoln where he was able to go and obtain the mail and start having the mail delivered to that (residence) from our victims,” Houchen tells reporters during a news briefing.
Though Harris works in Omaha, he had a residence in northeast Lincoln to where he directed the mail. A search of that residence uncovered mail belonging to more than 50 people, according to investigators.
An employee of the Omaha postal distribution office has been charged with stealing mail from Lincoln residents; in some cases stealing their identities.
Houchen says more victims might be involved.
“As we go on, there is probably 50 to 60 other individuals we still need to contact that are possible victims of this,” according to Houchen. “And we want to get ahold of them just to make sure that they know to check their finances and making sure that no fraudulent activity is going on.”
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department is working with Lincoln Police and the Postal Inspector on the investigation. The Postal Services has suspended Harris without pay, pending the criminal investigation.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.