KINGSPORT - A former Kingsport postal carrier pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to failing to deliver more than 10,000 pieces of mail over the past three years.
Phyllis Greene appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Monday and pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging her with delay or destruction of mail by a U.S. Postal Service employee.
Greene remains free on bond and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced on Oct. 22. Restitution will be determined by the court.
USPS officials say Greene failed to deliver more than 10,700 pieces of mail from June 2004 to February 2007, keeping the mail in two storage facilities in Kingsport.
According to court records, Greene was assigned to deliver mail on Route 22 in the Cooks Crossing, Cooks Valley and Sunnyside area of Kingsport and Sullivan County from late 2004 to late 2006.
In February, a manager at American Storage Center in Kingsport discovered a rental unit partially opened. For security reasons the manager looked inside and discovered multiple bags and bins with undelivered mail. The unit had been rented by Greene since November 2005.
Based on the postmark dates and addresses on the mail found, the USPS Office of Inspector General determined Greene would have been given that mail for delivery.
In March, Greene consented to a search of a second rental unit at Brookside Mini-Storage in Kingsport, where investigators found another large amount of undelivered mail. Greene had rented that unit since June 2004.
Investigators say approximately 5,800 first class letters were recovered and delivered to their intended recipients, however additional quantities of mail were destroyed by Greene when she placed the mail in garbage bags and left it for pickup.
Greene's case marks the second criminal case this year involving Kingsport postal workers.
In May, Jeffrey Dean Davis - a clerk at the Kingsport Main Post Office - appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville and received a 48-hour prison sentence for stealing DVDs sent through the mail and selling them on eBay.