A Hudson County postal carrier admitted in federal court Thursday that it threw away 1,875 items of mail – including general election ballots and campaign flyers – instead of delivering them.
Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, was caught by special agents from the Inspector General’s Office of the US Postal Service after a man from Saddle Brook reported finding packages of dumped mail in a dumpster at garbage behind a bank in North Arlington last fall.
The mail sent by Beauchene included 99 general election ballots for residents of West Orange and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange City Council and the Board of Education, Acting US Attorney Rachael A said. Honig.
Federal authorities also recovered 627 first class pieces, 873 standard class pieces and two pieces of certified mail, she said.
The mail was scheduled to be delivered on September 28, October 1 and October 2, 2020 to addresses on certain postal routes in Orange and West Orange, the US attorney said.
Howard Dinger of Saddle Brook stumbled upon it at the beginning of last October.
“I just found two to 300 lbs of mail thrown in a dumpster behind one of the banks I serve. Including at least 200 ballots, ”Dinger posted on Facebook. “These are the kinds of things you just can’t make up. And yes, it was reported to the local police and the postal police.
Alerted by Dinger, North Arlington Police reported finding “several bundles of mail (rubber bands) as described by the appellant” on Forest Street behind Santander Bank on Schuyler Avenue.
These were “secured accordingly” and delivered to the US Postal Service, which Honig said put it “in the mail stream for delivery to its recipients.”
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Rather than stand trial, Beauchene made a deal with the government, pleading guilty Thursday in US District Court in Newark to what is known as “desertion of mail.”
He remained free pending his conviction, which had not yet been scheduled.
Honig credited the special agents of the USPS-Office of the Inspector General’s office in the Northeast Regional Office with the investigation leading to the charges and the plea, obtained by US Assistant Prosecutor Sara F. Merin of her Division. special pursuits in Newark.
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