According to district court records former letter carrier and union steward Stephen Millard was arrested May 2, 2006. A few months ago Millard pleaded guilty to:
willfully receiving a gratuity in consideration of defendant’s assistance in prosecution of a claim against the United States, or with receiving a share or interest in such a claim and mailing a [backpay] form which claimed that that he did not work and had no earnings from on or about September 2, 1995, through in or about August 13, 2001.
Background from court records:
Also, several years ago Millard was awarded over $366,325.98 (back pay and benefits plus interest) in an EEO case against USPS. Stephen Millard v. United States Postal Service
In or about September 1995, the USPS removed Millard on a charge that he had an altercation with another USPS employee. In response to this removal Millard filed an EEO complaint against USPS.
The EEOC ruled in favor of Millard in 2001 and order USPS to pay him back pay plus benefits for the time period covering September 2, 1995 through August 13, 2001. The USPS Employee Labor Manual (“ELM”) provided that income that defendant earned during this period was to be offset from his back pay award.
“Beginning on a date unknown, but at least from in or about 1998, Millard represented Postal and other Federal employees in EEO, MSPB and OWCP claims and hearings against USPS. For his work, Millard received payment from the federal employees he represented.”
Millard was charged with failing to disclose to either the USPS or U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) the payments that he received for representing postal and other federal employees in EEO , MSPB and OWCP claims against the government on his backpay form.
Millard was also charged with representing USPS employees in claims against the United States after his reinstatement in August 2001.
Millard’s sentencing is scheduled for December 10, 2007