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Former postal worker admits to theft

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

A former Petersburg postal worker faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting to stealing painkillers that belonged to a veteran on his mail route.

Michael Murdock, age 53, pleaded guilty Friday in Chattanooga Federal District Court to taking pain pills being mailed to a patron on his route. The hydro-codone tablets were prescribed by the veteran’s administration.

Court documents indicate Murdock stole prescription drugs seven times and took more than $11,000 under his control while working as a postal carrier.

Other charges will be dismissed at a sentencing hearing set for February. The Chattanooga Times Free Press states Murdock was a 14-year veteran of the United States Postal Service. He also faces a criminal fine of up to $250,000.