Former postal carrier sentenced in Alaska’s largest ‘mail dumping’ case

A 48-year-old former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been fined $1,000 in Alaska’s largest case of failure to deliver mail.

Federal prosecutors say Thomas Hilty of Wasilla also will be required to complete 300 hours of community service.

Hilty in April pleaded guilty to desertion of mail.

Prosecutors say he “mail dumped” 49 plastic tubs of mail that he was responsible for delivering because he was tired of completing his assigned rounds.

Prosecutors said his dereliction was largest as measured by mail volume and number of victims — 467.

Hilty abandoned mail along his route in unused mail receptacles, kept some and burned some.

The undelivered mail included a passport, insurance correspondence, Alaska Permanent Fund dividend letters, college acceptance letters and child support payments.


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What is with these ridiculous sentences??? These individuals violated a trust and oath they took to protect the mails.Sentences like this encourage people to do the wrong thing as the consequences are minimal.Unmeasurable damage was done to these families who did not receive what was there’s.If their homes were robbed of these items the charges and sentencing would have been more severe. I am a 26 year. Rural carrier.I recently read of someone who cheated owcp of 92k ,was made pay back 20k and do community service. So the carrier in essence was given 72k,for doing the wrong thing.Where the… Read more »