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(Scroll down for video) A United States Postal Service letter carrier has lost his job after being accused of dumping thousands of pieces of mail in the woods.
Thomas O. Beaurem, 25, of McDonough, Georgia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of unlawfully delaying and destroying mail.
He was arraigned in court, and he pleaded not guilty before federal Magistrate Judge Justin Anand.
“People rely on postal service employees to safely deliver their important letters and packages,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn.
“Beaurem allegedly violated this trust by dumping over four thousand pieces of mail in a wooded area in Decatur,” Horn added.
“The overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees are honest and dedicated public servants who are worthy of our trust,” said U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Paul L. Bowman.
“However, when we receive allegations of mail delay or destruction, our agency will aggressively investigate these matters to protect the overall integrity of the Postal Service,” Bowman added.
According to the criminal complaint, the United States Postal Service was informed that there appeared to be a significant quantity of undelivered mail in a wooded area in Decatur.
United States Postal Service investigators located the area and found approximately 4,500 pieces of mail, some with cancellation dates of several months back.
Some of the pieces of mail were too badly damaged to deliver.
Beaurem was allegedly responsible for the delivery of the recovered items. The mail that was in deliverable condition has since been delivered to its intended recipients by the Postal Service.