Former Warrensburg postal worker admits to throwing away mail

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A former postal worker from Warrensburg, Mo. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday afternoon to stealing thousands of pieces of mail and often times throwing the mail away.

David Thompson, 54, has pleaded guilty to the delay and destruction of mail.  Thompson admitted that he had taken nearly 20,000 pieces of mail, which affected more that 5,500 recipients between May 2012 to Jan. 18, 2014. During that time period Thompson allegedly threw the mail away or kept it inside of his house or car. According to U.S. attorney Tammy Dickinson the mail was never opened.

Thompson began working with the U.S. Postal Service in 1900 as a mail carrier in Warrensburg.

In 2013, supervisors suspected that Thompson was consuming alcohol while on the job, so they had a hidden camera installed inside of his mail truck. While investigating, supervisors noticed that Thompson would take mail that was already sorted for delivery and place it in a tub, which he then allegedly took home with him.

As the investigation continued, a federal agent found four black plastic trash bags of mail behind the Elk’s Lodge, where Thompson was a member.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Due to federal statues, Thompson is subject to up to five years in federal prison without parole. He could also face a fine up to $250,000.