- A 27-year-old postal service worker was arrested on the Canadian border with 800 undelivered pieces of mail in the trunk of his car.
- Brandon Wilson told investigators that he intended to return the letter to the USPS facility before work.
- There were three absentee ballots out of the mail he failed to deliver.
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A 27-year-old postal service worker was arrested at the Canadian border on Tuesday after investigators found he had more than 800 undelivered pieces of mail – including absentee ballots – in the trunk According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Brandon Wilson was blocked at the Peace Bridge, Buffalo, New York, the road connecting the US and Canada, by Customs and Border Protection officers. When they found the mailbox, Wilson told them it belonged to his mother and himself, but was unable to explain why the letters were sent to other people and the various types of zip codes, according to Insider̵7;s lawsuit.
“Subsequent inventory of USPS letters recovered showed three absentee ballots sent to two Buffalo, NY addresses from the Erie County Election Commission, 106 political letters, 220 first-class letters, and 484 standard letters. with a total of approximately 813 letters, “USPS Agent Brendan M. Boone wrote in the complaint.
Wilson, who was hired by the USPS in 2019, told border agents he wasn’t coming to Canada, but made a wrong turn that caused him to fall off the bridge.
He told investigators he “planned to deliver the mail and forgot to return the pieces to the post office,” Boone wrote.
He said he had put the mailbox in the trunk of his car more than four times, but less than 10 times after returning from the designated route. The plan, Wilson told the agent, is to reduce the number of mail in his mailbox by returning a small amount to the USPS facility each morning before work.
Wilson denied to investigators that he stole any greeting cards, cash or gifts from his route, or that he knew there were ballot papers in his box.
He was charged with delaying or canceling the letter and appeared at New York’s West District Court over a teleconference on Wednesday.
Carla Benz, a public defender representing Wilson, did not immediately respond to a message from Insider seeking comment on Thursday.
A USPS spokesperson told The Buffalo News Wilson had been assigned an “emergency arrangement”, meaning he would be off work without pay.
The USPS was criticized leading up to Tuesday’s election on mail ballot processing.
Several civil rights groups sued the agency, asking it to pass votes on time.
Mail delivery has slowed this year in the US.
Desai Abdul-Razzaaq, spokesperson for the Post Office in Buffalo, told News: “The vast majority of the more than 630,000 US Post employees are committed to ensuring the security of US mail.