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Postal Worker Arrested, Charged with Failing To Deliver 800+ Pieces Of Mail – Including Absentee Ballots

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.     

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Brandon Wilson, 27, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with delay or destruction of mail. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“This Office is committed not only to ensuring the integrity of the mails but also of individuals’ rights to vote in a free and fair election,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy.  “The criminal conduct with which this defendant is alleged to have engaged, undermined both of those interests.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on November 3, 2020, at approximately 7:34 p.m., Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers encountered the defendant, an employee of the United States Postal Service (USPS), at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry. As part of a standard CBP vehicle sweep, Wilson opened the trunk of his vehicle for CBP Officers. A USPS mail bin containing numerous mail pieces was observed by a CBP officer inside the trunk. CBP officers also observed multiple USPS uniform items bearing the USPS logo along with a USPS identification badge with the defendant’s name. Wilson stated the mail belonged to him and his mother. However, the defendant could not account for additional names printed on the mail pieces. Wilson further stated that he had intended to deliver the mail and had forgotten to return the mail pieces to the post office.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, was called to retrieve the recovered mail pieces. A subsequent inventory of the recovered mail pieces revealed three absentee ballots sent to two Buffalo, NY, addresses from the Erie County, NY Board of Elections, 106 political mailings, 220 first class mailings, and 484 standard mailings for an approximate total of 813 mail pieces. The first-class letter mailings were destined for zip codes 14227, 14211, 14214, with the majority destined for 14215. Cancellation dates showed seven dates between September 16 and October 26, 2020.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Cleevely, Eastern Area Field Office, Pittsburgh, PA, and Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations, Rose Brophy.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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    Janice cook

    November 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    One thing we don’t do is fraud like this when you’re a democracy party and you voted for it and you are a american citizen when you don’t like someone you’re gonna do everything you can to stop something oh yeah it’s always and excuse when you like you are we all knows that y’all intentions was too get rid of the Republicans ballots Long time ago when my mom was young a man like joe but it wasn’t joe use to take care of us and we always go eat good not no man like joe and good white man go take care of us if y’all new the kind of money he
    was giving my mom it a make y’all sick to yall stomach so were not going there we not looking for y’all to do anything for us we surviving on our on without y’all my mom is a survivor one of the best not bragging I listens at my mom that’s why I’m not stupid we pay our on bills y’all not paying them we are I’m a republican a proud one

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    NELDA SMITH

    November 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    THIS SHOULD BE A 20 YEAR SENTENCE WITH NO CHANCE OF EARLY PAROLE!

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