NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk U.S. Postal Service mail carrier assistant is accused of dumping undelivered mail into an overgrown lot multiple times.
Shalita K. Corley, 31, was indicted Wednesday on four felony counts of secreting and detaining mail. Her first court appearance was Friday afternoon, where a judge set an arraignment date, offered her a court-appointed attorney and allowed her to be free on a personal recognizance bond.
According to court documents, Corley dumped eight bags of mail into a lot adjacent to the Lafayette River on Villa Circle on January 16, 23, 30 and February 3. The last day she was spotted by Malikul Abdullah, who lives across the street. He said he heard something being dumped, looked out and saw Corley dumping something while driving her white USPS truck.
“I came out and she was gone, but I looked at the area where she dumped something, and found three bags of mail right here in the bushes here. I couldn’t believe it was mail,” Abdullah said.
Not only three bags, but there were five more bags of ditched mail up the street.
“I couldn’t believe it … I think there’s something wrong with her to throw away mail,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah’s wife, Lana Pressley, showed WAVY.com video of the mail scattered by the wind. It shows Pressley saying, “This is mail that has been thrown in our neighborhood. Right here in Villa Heights … the postal worker is littering, she should get a charge for littering, for destroying postal mail.”
After the mail was discovered, USPS was contacted and employees went out and gathered the bags.
Outside the federal courthouse on Friday, 10 On Your Side asked Corley, “If you did this, why did it happen? They say you dumped mail, 8 bags of it, hundreds of pieces of mail … why did this happen?”
Corley, who was walking with her mother and husband, refused to answer. Tony Bateman, who said he is married to Corley, quoted Romans saying, “The Bible says, ‘therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ And that’s who we are trusting in right now, and that’s where we are at.”
According to a redacted Criminal Case Cover Sheet, Corley is connected to both a Chesapeake and Portsmouth address. During her court hearing, Corley said she is no longer employed.
She is due back in court on Wednesday.