Former mail carrier explains discarding 2,000 items

TAMPA — The sun had set. Gloom of night neared.

But U.S. Postal Service fill-in carrier Ana Maria Villarreal, 29, still had about 2,000 pieces of mail left to deliver one day last November. On the job just six months, she didn’t want to get in trouble for returning it all to the Wimauma Post Office.

So the Ruskin woman loaded the materials into seven garbage bags and dumped them in an apartment complex trash bin, she admitted in a federal plea agreement filed this week.

Someone noticed and reported the Nov. 7 incident.

She apologized when confronted the next day by federal agents. Unauthorized destruction of mail is a crime.

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