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U.S. Postal Employee Indicted for Mail Theft and Delaying Mail

June 28, 2011

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a U.S. Postal employee for mail violations, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Christopher Nugent, assistant special agent in charge, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges JERRY WAYNE DILLIARD, 62, of Fayette, with delay and destruction of U.S. mail and theft of mail by a Postal employee, from December 2009 to October 2010. At that time, Dilliard was working as a letter carrier at the Tuscaloosa Post Office.

“The United States mail is one of this country’s most respected institutions. Individuals and businesses trust and rely on the efficient operation of the mail system,” Vance said. “Anyone who abuses this system does the country a great disservice and should expect to be prosecuted,” she said.

Theft of mail matter by a postal employee and delay and destruction of mail are both punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Salter is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.



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