APNewsBreak: Charges don't stop USPS contractor

May 13, 2011 - 1:28 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit garage is still being used to repair U.S. Postal Service vehicles despite being accused of bribing five postal workers to steer business its way.

The contractor was not named or charged in indictments announced Thursday against five current or retired Postal Service employees. But one of them, Bruce Plumb, has told The Associated Press that the business is Metro Diesel.

The AP went to Metro Diesel's garage on Friday and saw seven Postal Service vehicles inside. Some were on hoists with the wheels off. More vehicles were parked outside.

Metro Diesel president Joe Fawaz was not there and didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. The Postal Service Office of Inspector General declined to comment. Indictments say the contractor paid thousands of dollars in bribes.