Highland Park, MI (WXYZ) - Alicia Forbes has worked for the United States Postal Service for nearly 15 years. But now the 40-year-old Rochester Hills woman is accused of stealing packages of Express Mail from a post office hub in Highland Park.
Forbes did not work at the Highland Park location, but she was assigned to regular pickups there. And, according to federal documents, on multiple occasions she was "captured on a covert surveillance camera" taking the stolen packages with other parcels.
Investigators with the U.S. Postal Service - Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation. And they believe narcotics were contained in the stolen packages.
It's believed the packages were coming from bogus addresses in multiple states including Arizona and Nevada. They were destined to bogus or random addresses in Detroit, but Forbes allegedly intercepted any deliveries.
Right now, investigators suspect illegal drugs were inside approximately 21 stolen Express Mail packages, but the investigation is continuing in hopes of determining exactly what was contained in the parcels and who else may be involved.
The U.S. Postal Service - Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigates internal fraud, waste and abuse.
A representative for the OIG tells 7 Action News that the vast majority of their employees are honest, but there are a few who abuse the trust.
Action News stopped by Forbes' Rochester Hills home Wednesday afternoon, but a relative told us she was not available.
When investigators confronted Forbes with multiple surveillance video clips and questioned her about her involvement in the alleged thefts, she reportedly replied "I don't wish to confess to any crimes at this time".
Forbes has now been charged with Theft of Mail by a Postal Employee.