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Former U.S. Postal Carrier Charged with Delaying and Detaining Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

A former postal carrier was charged with delaying and detaining mail in Broward County.  

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Chris Cave, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), made the announcement.

John Henry Caddle, Jr., 58, of Hollywood, was charged by Indictment with four counts of delaying and detaining mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1703(a).  If convicted, Caddle faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison as to each count.  Caddle made his initial appearance this morning in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the court record, including the Indictment, on August 18, 2016, a witness saw Caddle dump a garbage bag into a dumpster near the defendant’s residence.  The witness recovered the garbage bag from the dumpster and found that it contained deliverable mail.  On August 19, 2016, postal agents found five garbage bags of deliverable mail outside Caddle’s home.  On August 18 and 19, 2016, Caddle was employed as a U.S. Postal Carrier and had a duty to deliver the discarded mail.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the USPS-OIG.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Katz.

An Indictment is merely an allegation and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated November 2, 2016