Alabama postal worker indicted for mail theft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 28 — The U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s office for Northern District of Alabama issued the following press release:

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.