Local man admits to interfering with postal investigation


A Fayetteville man pled guilty Tuesday to leaking information about a federal investigation to a potential target of the probe, federal prosecutors said.

Randall T. Smith, 53, a postal carrier at the East Point Post Office, was accused of disclosing details of “how the agents were acquiring evidence in the case. This type of leak and abuse of position is not acceptable and he now has a federal criminal record.”

The incident occurred in June 2008 when Smith “disclosed sensitive and confidential information to the occupant of a residence which was the target of the investigation,” prosecutors said.

Smith pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of disclosing confidential information.

Smith has not yet been sentenced but faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, prosecutors said. The case is being investigated by postal inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.