(New York) United Airlines, hired by the US Post to send mail overseas, has agreed to pay a $ 49 million financial fine for breach of contract.
“Instead of fulfilling this obligation transparently, United has for many years defrauded the U.S. Post by providing fake package delivery information and accepting unpaid millions of dollars in payments to the Company,” Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid said.
Like other airlines, United Airlines delivers letters and packages to foreign countries on behalf of the United States Post Office, including American soldiers deployed outside the country.
Under the terms of the agreement, United will only pay in full if the mail is delivered “on time” and by company receipts, barcode scans, to prove it at the time of receipt by their recipients.
However, between 2012 and 2015, United Post sent fake receipts, which were based on an estimate rather than on the actual time of delivery.
According to US officials, some company executives have also tried to cover up the practices.
United Airlines, which paid $ 49 million to settle the lawsuit, has pledged to strengthen regulations to comply with the regulations and provide an annual report on the matter.