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Mailman hid 45,000 letters in storage and late mother's house

Mailman Hid 45,000 Letters In Storage And Late Mother's House

Tampering with someone's mail is a serious crime, and police in Kentucky have arrested a man they say has been doing so for years. ABC says, "Police say over a two-year period, letter carrier Brent Morse dumped 45,000 letters and packages that were in storage instead of delivering them."

Morse has been a mailman for the past five years. According to police, he wanted to shorten his workday and decided to just ... not deliver some of the mail.



WGHP reports police Captain Craig Patterson says Morse "wanted to speed up his route. I think he was lazy."

But according to Daily Mail, Morse's lawyer says his client was going through a divorce at the time and was responsible for picking up his children after school, so he would just store any mail he didn't get delivered.

Alarmingly, mail carriers have been arrested for mail fraud before.

New York Post reported in March, a Long Island mailman was charged with throwing more than 1,000 pieces of mail into the trash.

A writer for Australia's The Age says a postal worker for the Australian Post hid about 10,000 undelivered packages and letters in his bedroom in 2013.

The federal penalty for mail tampering in the U.S. is a maximum of five years in jail.

But The Courier-Journal says Morse was only sentenced to six months in jail and then six months on home detention because only a few of the 250+ mail recipients on his route suffered financially from not receiving their mail. Morse also never stole anything from the mail he hoarded in both a storage shed and his late mother's home.

WPSD says "He will also have to pay almost $15,000 in restitution to residents, a bank and two other businesses for their losses."

All the mail Morse had stashed has now been delivered.

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Carl and Lucy April 24 2014 at 11:39 AM

Over the past several years I have noticed any greeting card we received would have one of the bottom corners of the envelope torn off in a half moon shape. It ocurred to me that someone or some people in in the post office would do this, then shake the envelope to see if a check or cash would appear in the half moon cut. I am confident to say that if it was cash, that piece of mail would not make it to the recepiant. I sent a complaint to the Post Master General a long time ago and I see the practice is still happening today. DON'T SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL, ESPECIALLY IN A GREETING CARD.

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miracles April 24 2014 at 11:03 AM

Six months??!!! Whether he stole or didn't it doesn't matter. He caused much harm to others regardless of whether he was divorcing or not! If he could not handle it, he should have approached his supervisor and gotten help. Such employees are a shame to the Postal department and that is why people do not trust the mail service. He should be fired and jailed for the maximum number of years. His lawyer is making excuses as usual for a criminal.

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b_grossman1 April 24 2014 at 11:01 AM

Neuman!!!

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rftulie b_grossman1 April 24 2014 at 11:09 AM

...and you can just hear that being said in Jerry's mock-hostile growl!

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billzeallor b_grossman1 April 24 2014 at 11:21 AM

lol.... cute... best post of the bunch

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icikebbocsike April 24 2014 at 4:02 PM

this is bad... some of the postal workers have been the nicest people I met...

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saturn1860 April 24 2014 at 4:02 PM

Wow, how or where do these people get the Nerve to do things like this, it's weird how people with good Jobs can do this.

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Vicki Marquardt April 24 2014 at 10:56 AM

He deserves more time in jail. He knew what he was doing was against the law. Brings a worse name to the already tainted USPS.

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Jeremiah April 24 2014 at 6:57 PM

If you like your mailman, you can keep your mailman!

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memaamber April 24 2014 at 4:15 PM

Newman did this all the time

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msdaubie54 April 24 2014 at 10:49 AM

Well, I guess, better late than never! I'm sure there was some other way he could have handled the situation about picking up his kids from school.

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Jim April 24 2014 at 4:24 PM

Newman!

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