United States Postal Service employee Phyllis Greene entered a plea of guilty today to a one count information in which she was charged with secreting, detaining and delaying United States mail entrusted to her for delivery on her assigned rural delivery route.
United States Attorney James R. Dedrick stated that over 10,700 pieces of mail, including approximately 5800 first class letter pieces were recovered and subsequently delivered to over 250 postal customers in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Phyllis Greene was charged in a one-count information with a violation of 18 United States Code Section 1703(a), delay or destruction of mail or newspapers by a Postal Service officer or employee. A violation of this statute could result in a maximum sentence of five (5) years incarceration, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three (3) years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined by the court.
Phyllis Greene was assigned to deliver mail on route 22 in Kingsport, Sullivan County in the Eastern District of Tennessee from late 2004 to late 2006. Phyllis Greene had rented unit C-10 at American Storage Center in Kingsport continuously from November 1, 2005 to the present. On February 21, 2007, a manager at American Storage Center discovered that rental unit C-10 was partially open. For security reasons, the manager looked inside the unit, and observed multiple bags and bins marked "United States Postal Service" as well as loose pieces of what was obviously undelivered mail. Special Agents from the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General removed the mail from Unit C-10. Based on the postmark dates and addresses on the mail found in the storage unit, Phyllis W. Greene would have been given that mail for delivery as part of her duties as a rural carrier for the United States Postal Service. Phyllis Greene also rented storage unit B-44 at Brookside Mini-Storage in Kingsport from June 27, 2004 to the present. Phyllis
Greene consented to a search of that unit on March 1, 2007. Again, a large amount of mail entrusted to Greene for delivery to the Kingsport area was located. In total, over 10,700 pieces of mail, including approximately 5,800 First Class letter pieces, were recovered and subsequently delivered to the intended recipients by the Kingsport Post Office. Additional quantities of mail were destroyed by Phyllis Greene by placing it in garbage bags and leaving it for pickup. More than 250 postal customers were the victims of Phyllis Greene's actions in secreting or destroying their mail.
Special Agent Tim M. Gangloff of United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General was the lead investigator. The case was prosecuted by AUSA Nancy Harr... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.