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Nebraska postal carrier gets probation for skipping delivery of newspapers, other bulk business mail

Dec 08, 2023 | 5:43 pm ET
By Paul Hammel
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Nebraska postal carrier gets probation for skipping delivery of newspapers, other bulk business mail
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A postal box for an apartment near the Nebraska State Capitol. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — A former postal carrier says he was just trying to save time by skipping the delivery of newspapers and other bulk, business mail.

But a federal judge wasn’t impressed by the explanation, sentencing the former mail carrier, Kevin Radik, 38, of Omaha, to one year of probation supervision on Thursday.

Radik had been employed as a rural mail carrier in Gretna since 2009, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Omaha. But earlier this year, an investigation was launched due to complaints that he was not delivering weekly, bulk mail ads and newspapers to an apartment complex on his route.

Video surveillance once showed Radik removing a bin from a postal vehicle and placing it in the back of his personal vehicle.

The carrier later admitted that he had been throwing bulk mail away that was intended for the apartment complex because that saved him 5 minutes in completing his route.

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated the case.