Delta Air Lines has agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it falsified information about international mail deliveries it was responsible for carrying, including mail sent to U.S. soldiers deployed to the foreign.
The Justice Department said Thursday that Delta was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to collect mail from multiple locations, including Department of Defense and State Department facilities.
Delta is the latest airline to settle similar charges.
The Atlanta-based airline was supposed to scan the mail it carried to document its delivery. Federal officials accused Delta of falsifying records to avoid penalties for mail that was late or sent to the wrong location.
Delta won several contracts to carry international mail starting in 2009 and submitted false records from 2010 to 2016, according to the settlement.
Delta has not admitted liability and has not been required to pay government costs to investigate and prosecute the matter.
“With this deal now closed, we look forward to continuing to route USPS mail and cargo for our shared customers across our global network,” the airline said in a statement.
The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, Brian Boynton, said the settlement showed the department’s commitment to prosecuting contractors who fail to meet their obligations “and misrepresent their failure”.
Delta is the latest of several airlines to settle similar charges. Last year, United Airlines agreed to pay $49 million to settle similar charges, and before that American Airlines has reached a $22 million settlement in 2019.