A rogue postal carrier who stashed thousands of pieces of mail at his home instead of delivering it has been charged with destroying or delaying mail.
A federal indictment against Charles E. Moore, 55, of Sale Road in Clinton Township, says that Moore squirreled the mail away in his vehicle and garage between Jan. 1, 2012, and July 31 last year.
Special agents from the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general’s office began investigating last year after numerous customers along his routes reported that DVDs of movies had not arrived in the mail as expected between April 2012 and March 2013.
Investigators found undistributed mail in trash bags and cans outside Moore’s house. When they searched his home on July 31, they found 13,000 pieces of mail, including 1,500 pieces of first-class mail, in postal bins on top of his freezer, in closets, in a bedroom and in the basement.
After the search, the Postal Service delivered the mail found at Moore’s home. Moore’s routes were in the 43202 ZIP code in southern Clintonville and the northern University District.
The streets on the routes involved are 4th, Clinton, Summit, Olentangy, E. Blake and Calumet. The avenues are Adams, Chilcote, Deming, Glenmawr, Indiana, Indianola, E. Maynard, Medary, E. Oakland, E. Patterson, Wyandotte, East and Findley.
The routes also included Pomeroy Place, Kensington Place, Parkview Drive, and Kelso and Crestview roads.
Moore was suspended from his job last year.
The maximum penalty for delaying or destroying mail is five years in prison.
By Kathy Lynn Gray - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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