CROWN POINT | A U.S. Postal Service worker is facing criminal charges after officials found hundreds of pieces of mail thrown in the trash.
Chiqueeta T. Simmons, 25, faces charges of official misconduct, a Level 6 felony, and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.
On March 3, a woman reported to officials she saw a mail carrier throwing away mail in the trash near the 5600 block of Baring Avenue in East Chicago, according to the affidavit. A post office worker went to the location and found 400 pieces of mail in the trash.
That same day, a man told officials he saw a mail carrier throwing away trash in the 1400 block of Shell Street in Hammond, according to the affidavit. A Hammond post office worker found 180 Your Times mailers in the trash in Hammond.
Officials learned Simmons was assigned to the routes where mail was found in the trash. She allegedly admitted to throwing away the mail, because she fell behind on making deliveries, according to the affidavit.
She told officials she was scared to go back to work with undelivered mail.