Crime & Courts

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.