Arkansas rural carrier associate pleads guilty to delaying, burning mail

From the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

A former Camden, Arkansas letter carrier is awaiting sentencing in U.S. district court after pleading guilty to failing to deliver large amounts of mail, some of it medication and some of it burned, according to his plea agreement with the government.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtCharles Wetherbee entered his plea last week in federal court in El Dorado to a one-count indictment filed in October of “unlawfully secreting, delaying and detaining mail entrusted to him.” Nine parcels of undelivered medication were found in his mail vehicle.

Wetherbee was a rural carrier associate at the Camden post office on June 6 when carrier supervisor Brian McKinney noticed in the dock area mail trays inside Wetherbee’s mail truck.

Concerned that the trays may contain undelivered mail, McKinney looked in the window and saw a parcel. He wrote down the parcel’s tracking number and ran it through the U.S. Postal Service data base. It showed the parcel had been delivered May 30.

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