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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 5:50am

Columbus Postmaster Suspended

Updated: 7 years ago.
Columbus postmaster under investigation for violation of the federal Privacy Act. (photo by Jimmy Wayne via flickr)

The postmaster of the city of Columbus, Georgia has been suspended during an investigation of his conduct and a possible violation of the federal Privacy Act.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports the alleged crime involves a misuse of postal government information. That’s according to officials.

The suspended postmaster Jerry Schafer put in for early retirement after he was dismissed from the office and was placed on unpaid leave.

Officials say that won’t affect the investigation.

The Privacy Act has some exceptions but prohibits government agencies from collecting information on an individual beyond the scope of their authority.