A former Sullivan County postal carrier has taken a plea deal with federal prosecutors after agents found thousands of pieces of undelivered mail in her home.
Postal officials first investigated Kathy M. Gross in November 2015 after they discovered she failed to complete deliveries on her route and missed several postal scans, according to court documents.
Gross' husband later reported several trays of undelivered mail inside the couple's home in Blountville, the document said. Those pieces of mail were later examined by officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
Postal investigators were then told that mail was found hidden under clothes and blankets, bound in piles in trash bags. Some mail was found torn and scattered over the floors of two bedrooms.
The court report said Gross told investigators she panicked in some instances then fell into a deep depression while going through a divorce and trying to raise three children as reasons for hiding the mail, which she admitted to not opening.
All total, postal agents recovered 2,697 pieces of delayed mail in the case.
Gross, who has since resigned from her job, will learn her sentencing date at the next court hearing in Greeneville on October 3.