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Retired inspector works to combat fraud

Retired USPS Postal Inspector Michael Carrol
Michael Carroll, a retired postal inspector in Chicago, is putting his experience to work as president of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

Michael Carroll’s work fighting crime didn’t end when he retired from the Postal Inspection Service several years ago.

The former inspector returned to the agency in 2014 as a contractor, a role that allows him to use the expertise he gained from 29 years on the job, mainly investigating financial crimes.

“It makes me feel young because I get to work with younger postal inspectors and share information with them,” Carroll said.

Part of his job is to analyze financial records and compile reports to assist postal inspectors in preparing cases for criminal prosecution.

“I do whatever I can to allow them more time on the streets to conduct investigations and protect our employees,” he said.

Carroll’s commitment to law enforcement extends beyond the Inspection Service.

He was recently elected president of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), an organization with more than 5,600 members who work in law enforcement.

“Our goal is to share information and educate each other on fraud schemes,” Carroll said.

His work with both organizations addresses common issues. For example, IAFCI and the Postal Inspection Service both work to combat scams targeting seniors.

Carroll, who is based in Chicago, is also involved in an initiative to help college students be on the lookout for scammers who are using mobile apps to target them.

Colleagues like Chicago Postal Inspector Jerry Phillips appreciate what Carroll contributes to the organization.

“Mike has so much knowledge to offer, and always has great advice to share,” said Phillips. “It’s refreshing to know anyone can stop by his office or call to pick his brain about anything.”

Carroll said he’s happy his work is helping two organizations fight crime.

“I don’t have a gun and badge anymore, but it’s very rewarding,” he said.

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