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Postal worker jailed for junking mail

April 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

MADRID, April 10 (UPI) -- A Spanish man was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $826 for throwing away more than 7,000 letters while working for Spain's postal service, officials said.

The 28-year-old defendant, identified as "Sergio A.P.," was found guilty of negligence with documents while serving as a mail carrier in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid, in 2006, ThinkSpain reported Tuesday.

His lawyer told reporters outside the courthouse his client was taking the blame for others.

He said all postal employees had access to the sacks of mail that were found in garbage cans, and his client wasn't the only one who could have thrown them away.

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