A New York mailman faces federal charges after Customs officers found more than 800 pieces of undelivered mail, including three absentee ballots, in his car.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Brandon Wilson, 27 of Buffalo, NY, reportedly attempted to cross into Canada from the Peace Bridge Port of Entry in Buffalo.
The car was flagged for routine inspection at the border.
Custom officers discovered a postal worker’s uniform, ID badge and a USPS bin containing 813 pieces of mail, including three absentee ballots that never made it to their appointed destination, authorities said.
The missing mail had postmarks between Sept. 16 and Oct. 26.
“Wilson stated the mail belonged to him and his mother. However, the defendant could not account for additional names printed on the mail pieces,” according to the complaint. “Wilson further stated that he had intended to deliver the mail and had forgotten to return the mail pieces to the post office. Wilson denied knowledge of the three election ballots discovered within the recovered mail.”
NBC News reported that Wilson wrote about not delivering mail to a home because of an unleashed dog in a since-deleted Facebook post.
“I’m working today and this lady has her dog on the porch not chained up no leash nothing just walking back and forth so I’m walking past her house and she asked me I have no mail today while I have a bundle of mail for her in my hand I said NOPE!!!! And kept walking,” he wrote. “Listen I’m not playing with y’all I will walk smooth past your house with all your mail.”
The Inspector General’s office of the post office says Wilson is on “emergency placement.”
A U.S. attorney states, “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. The criminal conduct to which this individual alleged to engage, undermine both those interests.”
If convicted, Wilson faces up to five years behind bars and a $250,000 fine, authorities say.
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