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DENVER – A mail carrier in Sterling is accused of delaying, destroying or opening 26,000 pieces of mail.

Tayson Adam Hidalgo, age 22, has been indicted by a federal grand jury and was advised of the charge against him.

According to the indictment, Hidalgo destroyed, delayed and opened 26,000 post cards, packages and other mail entrusted to him between Oct. 3, 2014 and April 21, 2016.

If convicted of delay or destruction of mail, Hidalgo faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 , plus restitution if applicable.

Hidalgo was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

He is due next in court on Oct. 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. for arraignment.

Hidalgo is no longer an employee of the U.S. Postal Service,

The mail was addressed to residents within the city limits of Sterling and several local postal routes in Fort Morgan.

Due to the large volume of recovered mail and its potential impact, a Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Sterling Middle School.

“Town Hall Meeting attendees will be briefed about the investigation, victim notification, and when the seized mail will be returned to its intended recipients,” officials said.

If you believe you’re a victim of this crime, you can visit the U.S. Attorney’s website at http://www.justice.gov/usao-co for case updates starting Monday, Oct. 24.