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Ex-postal worker admits he burned 20 tubs of mail

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 1/14/2018 Claire Taylor
a sign on the side of a building: U.S. Postal Service © File photo U.S. Postal Service

LAFAYETTE, La. — A former postal worker in Louisiana pleaded guilty this week in to destroying mail.

Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, of Pitkin pleaded guilty to one count of delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee.

He is a former Postal Service employee who had a rural route in Elmer in Rapides Parish.

Thompson admitted that instead of delivering the mail, he took it home from Dec. 1, 2016, until May 1, 2017, and burned it. He estimated he burned 20 tubs of mail.

Thompson faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. 

His sentencing is set for April 6.

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