Postal worker who hid piles of mail in home gets probation

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Posted: Jan 17, 2017 12:16 PM

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee postal worker who kept nearly 2,700 pieces of undelivered mail inside her home won't have to spend time behind bars.

The Kingsport Times-News ( ) reports that a Greeneville federal judge recently sentenced Kathy Gross to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service.

Gross faced up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty in March to willfully obstructing the passage of U.S. mail and unlawfully delaying a package or mail in her possession.

While investigating missing parcels, authorities said they found piles of undelivered mail throughout her Blountville home, some hidden under clothes and inside trash bags.

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Gross said in court records that she had become depressed while going through a divorce. The mail was unopened and eventually re-delivered.