When you're a corporation, immoral behavior can be excused because the only goal of public corporations is building up that bottom line. But FedEx may be about to discover what happens when immoral acts lead to federal indictments.
FedEX has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of shipping powerful prescription drugs for illegal online pharmacies, the latest major company targeted by federal law enforcement for playing a part in the proliferation of such drugs on the black market.
The indictment charges the world's largest cargo company with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of misbranded drugs, and it moves to force the company to forfeit at least $820 million linked to the proceeds from such illicit shipments.
Federal prosecutors accused FedEx of ignoring warnings for nearly a decade from Congress, the DEA and other federal agencies that underground online pharmacies were using its shipping services to illegally distribute prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
FedEx, the indictment alleges, "departed from its usual business practices" to accommodate the illegal online drug operations, despite pressure to reform.
I hope they can make this stick, because it's not good enough for FedEx to turn its pretty little corporate head and pretend those illegal pharmacies were just another customer.
This is why we need the US Postal Service. They have far more accountability.