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Postal Worker's 'Disappearing Act' Earns Him Three Years Probation
December 19, 2007 - A Knightstown man who abandoned his U.S. Postal Service delivery route last July was sentenced to three years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to obstruction of the mail.
John Jordan, 48, abandoned his postal route in Greenfield on July 11, leaving undelivered mail, his scanner, cell phone and wallet locked in his delivery truck. With several thousands dollars in cash on him, he was arrested at commercial laundry in Columbus, Ind., three days later on a charge of carrying a handgun without a license.
According to a press release issued Monday by Timothy Morrison, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, the government spent nearly $160,000 trying to locate Jordan following his disappearance, fearing he'd been abducted against his will. Jordan, a postal carrier for almost 20 years, was alleged to have deposited some of his blood on his postal vehicle, then kayaked to Columbus, where he paid $1,300 in cash for a motor scooter before being arrested on the handgun charge.
In addition to the three years he will serve on probation, Jordan will also have to perform 300 hours of community service. He could have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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