Former U.S. Postal Service VMF Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Tires

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to theft of government property.

According to court documents and statements made during the plea hearing, Teddy Wayne Hale, Jr., 55, is a former employee of the United States Postal Service who worked at the vehicle maintenance facility in Huntington.  Hale admitted that from June 15, 2017 and continuing through September 28, 2018, he stole more than 71 vehicle tires from the Huntington vehicle maintenance facility.  Hale hid his thefts by using his position of employment to manipulate tire inventory.  After Hale stole the tires, he sold them for his personal financial benefit.

Hale faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 21, 2022.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (OIG).

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Blackwell is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-00189.


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