Updated: November 21, 2020 07:31 AM
Created: November 21, 2020 07:27 AM
YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Western New York postal worker has been arrested and charged with failing to deliver over 1,300 pieces of mail.
Sean Barrett, 30, of Sanborn is being charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office with the delay and destruction of mail.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Bonanno, on Oct. 13, Lewiston Police Department notified the United States Postal Service Office that USPS mail pieces were found by witnesses next to a trail in a wooded area off Pletcher Road in Youngstown.
The next day, USPS responded to the Lewiston Police Department and retrieved three mail bins and two garbage bags containing a total of 1,314 first-class, certified, and standard mailings. The mail included 15 political mailings and one blank election ballot destined for a Youngstown address.
Investigators say the mail was destined for addresses on a mail route assigned to Barrett.
On Oct. 19, the USPS returned to the location where the mail pieces were located and found 14 bundles of Western New York Value Papers that had also been discarded. Another 14 bundles of the value papers were found about 30 yards away.
Barrett appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy on Friday and was released on conditions.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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