Mail carrier guilty of disclosing confidential info on investigation

A mail carrier from Fayetteville, Ga., pleaded guilty Tuesday to disclosing confidential information relating to a federal investigation.

In June 2008, Randall T. Smith, 53, was a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service working in East Point, Ga. In that position and during an active federal criminal investigation, Smith disclosed sensitive and confidential information to the occupant of a residence that was the target of the investigation.

Smith pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of disclosing confidential information. He now faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. A sentencing date has not been set.

“This mail carrier revealed the existence of a federal investigation to an unauthorized individual, and provided details of how the agents were acquiring evidence in the case,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This type of leak and abuse of position is not acceptable and he now has a federal criminal record.

full-story: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution