A former USPS mail carrier in New Jersey was arrested on October 7 for dumping mail, including about 100 ballots. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, was charged with one count of delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. He had only been employed by the Postal Service since July. He faces a maximum sentence of 5 years and a $250,000 for the delaying mail charge, and the obstruction of mail up to 6 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Zachary Stieber at The Epoch Times reported,
On or about Oct. 2, “a large quantity” of mail directed to addresses within West Orange, New Jersey, was found in a dumpster outside a bank in North Arlington, New Jersey, the documents say. The 788 pieces of mail there included about 98 general election ballots.
A second quantity was found in a dumpster outside a restaurant in West Orange on or about Oct. 5, authorities said; that mail included one general election ballot.
A total of about 1,875 pieces of mail were found in dumpsters. The recovered mail “was placed back into the mail stream for delivery to its intended recipients,” Craig Carpenito, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, said in a statement.
An analysis of the recovered mail showed it was part of two postal routes on two different scheduled delivery dates. One portion was scheduled for delivery to Postal Route 79 on or about Sept. 28. The other was scheduled for delivery to Postal Route 50 on or about Oct. 1.
Both routes are serviced out of the Orange USPS office and cover areas of West Orange. Beauchene was the only mail carrier assigned to the routes on those days.
Though this particular election has been focused on the USPS, there have been lazy postal workers for years. In Cincinnati, Ohio back in 2014, a postal worker was caught on camera dumping pallets of mail into a dumpster.
In 2016, a Florida postal worker was videoed dumping mail into a dumpster.
Also in 2016, a Georgia postal worker was caught throwing mail into the woods.
In 2018, a postal worker quit and dumped trays of mail on the side of the road in New Jersey.
We trust in our local postal carriers without question. Our area has a great gentleman that has worked for USPS for many years and is totally trustworthy. But substitutes and new folks are questionable. Whether they get bored or in a hurry, ticked off at their boss or just plain malicious is a question for which we’d all like an answer. In this important election, it is imperative that mail-in ballots reach their intended destination on time. Unfortunately…it appears there may be some issues in that area.
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