After working diligently as a letter carrier for 22 years with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), my job and my pension were stolen from me! My union shop steward, Peter J. Olivio, and my new co-worker, William Tinger, advised me that our manager had extorted $700 in cash from Tinger. When Tinger caused an insured postal vehicle to get a dent, Kenneth J. Benaquista, of Belleville, NJ, bullied him by threatening his recent position with the USPS if he did not pay the cash to the manager to repair the dent. Since Tinger was the sole income earner supporting his wife and their infant, he desperately had to work; therefore he succumbed to Benaquista’s harassment and demand. Tinger asked me to help him recover the much needed money. Since Benaquista did not heed my suggestion to return the money, I reported his criminal activity to David Solomon, the Metro Area Vice-President of Operations. I also notified the U.S. Postal Inspectors that the gas station that was providing gasoline for about 100 postal vehicles weekly under Benaquista’s supervision was double-billing the USPS. I believed that the manager, a crook, was stealing money from our employer through a kickback scam. Two gas station attendants were arrested; but Benaquista avoided any negative consequences.
Soon after, one of my co-workers threatened to kill me; and he also announced he was going to cause physical bodily harm while he was on the workroom floor. My immediate supervisor, Deborah Fortunato, had to restrain him from assaulting me when he went ballistic. Benaquista, Fortunato, and her husband, Stephen Sholander, enabled the actor to remain to work. Benaquista wanted me to accompany him to the medical doctor’s office for a fitness for duty evaluation, because “you perpetuated a lot in this building.” Instead, I left our facility to file a report with the Belleville Police Department.