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Fairbanks postal contractor accused of hiding undelivered mail in a storage locker

Posted: November 20, 2011 - 1:07am

FAIRBANKS — A postal worker in Fairbanks is charged with hiding mail in a storage locker and then lying to investigators.

Christopher J. Thomas, a postal contractor, was indicted on one count of perjury. He’s accused of giving a false statement to a federal inspector investigating undelivered mail found in a storage locker, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Friday. Thomas also was charged with the crime of misapplying property.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock said Thomas worked as a contractor delivering mail between 2005 and 2008. Prosecutors said they found 120 pieces of first class mail, one piece of international mail and one tub of presorted standard mail in a storage unit Thomas abandoned earlier this year.

Baldock told the News-Miner that the mail has either been delivered or soon will be.

This is the second pending case in the Fairbanks area involving a postal worker failing to deliver mail. North Pole postal worker Geoff Owen is accused of taking 88 pieces of mail to a transfer site. He also is charged with perjury. That case is scheduled to go to trial in January.

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