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Steven B. Riggle must have really loved his mailman job.

The 43-year-old Riggle, of Ada, pled guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of mail, according to a story in the Ada Evening News. Riggle allegedly kept mountains of letters in his home instead of making the deliveries.

Sheldon J. Sperling, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, said Riggle was charged after the United States Postal Service and Office of the Inspector General looked into the matter.

"'The indictment alleged that Riggle, an employee of the USPS at the time, knowingly and willfully obstructed the passage of mail to be delivered from the United States Post Office in Stonewall, Okla.," Sperling said, according to the Evening News.

And, what was Riggle doing with all that mail? Who really knows, but delivering it he certainly wasn't. Was it hard for Riggle to wriggle out of the enveloped evidence found at his home?

When deputies from the Pontotoc County sheriff's office arrived at Riggle's home to retrieve the mail, they found they needed a bigger truck.

"It took two trustees, three deputies and two postal inspectors all day just about to move this mail," Undersheriff Joe Glover told the Evening News. "It took up, I don't know how many pickup loads. It filled a whole storage warehouse."

While several Pontotoc County residents were probably furious with Riggle for withholding some letters, other folks might not have minded so much. What a great excuse to not have to pay credit card bills.

Riggle was indicted in September. Sperling said the statutory range of punishment is a max of six months imprisonment and possibly up to $5,000 in fines.

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