ATLANTA – Authorities say a former u.s. postal worker is charged with delaying and destroying e-mail after the researchers found approximately 4500 pieces of e-mail in the woods outside of Atlanta.
Prosecutors say that the 25-year-old Thomas O. Beaurem of McDonough was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charges. He pleaded not guilty.
Researchers say that they have the e-mail in a wooded area in Decatur, and some pieces of the e-mail that was dumped had cancellation dates as early as Oct. 5. The postal service was the first to know of the mail is not delivered Oct. 18.
The authorities said that some of the correspondence was too damaged to deliver, but other e-mail of the forest has been delivered.
Federal court records do not list an attorney for Beaurem that could be reached for comment on his name.