Postal worker allegedly stole, hid Valentine’s cards

Monday, July 12, 2010 at 12:47pm

A federal grand jury has indicted a Nashville postal worker on charges that he prevented the delivery of numerous Valentine’s Day cards in 2009.

The indictment, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, names Charles Michael Tanner Jr. on two counts of tampering with mail at the International Building at International Plaza near the airport.

Tanner allegedly hid about 18 Valentine’s Day cards in the ductwork of the building’s mailroom in February 2009 when he worked there as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service.

A second count charges Tanner with embezzling approximately 90 Hydrocodone pills, and $40 in cash and gift cards from several pieces of first class mail.

According to court filings, Tanner faces on each count a maximum of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but as of last week he was not in custody.