A Tuscaloosa postal worker received an eight-month home detention sentence for delaying, detaining and stealing U.S. mail, says U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. The home detention is part of a 14-month probation sentence for the crime.
Jerry Wayne Dillard, 62, from Fayette, was sentenced to a total of 14 months on probation and fined $1,335 in resitution.
An investigation revealed that Dillard, who was a mail carrier for the Tuscaloosa Post Office, was opening and keeping some of the mail he delivered. Investigators found around 265 pieces of mail belonging to around 171 different people in Dillard's possession on Oct. 8 adn 9, 2010. Most of the mail was buried in 14 holes in his backyard, Vance said.
“This office works hard to ferret out federal employees who violate the trust of their position and break the law,” Vance said.
Dillard pleaded guilty to the charges in August.