USPS Mail Carrier In NJ Arrested For Allegedly Dumping Mail, Including Ballots
Nicholas Beauchene, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Hudson County, New Jersey, was arrested for allegedly discarding mail, including 99 general election ballots, according to NBC New York.
- The ballots were sent from the County Board of Elections and intended for delivery to West Orange residents.
- Beauchene faces one count of delay, secretion or detention of mail, as well as one count of obstruction of mail.
- Court documents say about 1,875 pieces of mail were recovered from dumpsters on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5. They included 627 pieces of first class, 873 pieces of standard class, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots.
The intended destination for the ballots and campaign flyers are heavily Democratic areas.
The mail had been scheduled to be delivered on Sept. 28, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2 to addresses on certain postal routes in Orange and West Orange. On the delivery dates for which mail was recovered, Beauchene was the only mail carrier assigned to deliver mail to the addresses on the recovered mail, according to the court documents.
“The delay of mail charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The obstruction of mail charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $5,000 fine," NBC New York noted.