An emerging USPS employee was arrested Tuesday while crossing the US-Canada border with hundreds of other undelivered envelopes and letters – including several absentee ballots.
Postman Buffalo, who was arrested with more than 800 pieces of mail inside the trunk of the truck he failed to deliver, said he stumbled across a bridge between the US and its neighbor to the north, Buffalo News reported.
Customs and Border Protection found a giant mailbox with many zip codes in the car. Among them were three absent ballots from the Erie County Election Commission, authorities told the newspaper.
Wilson told CBP staff that he was on the wrong lane while on Interstate 190 and was accidentally injured on the bridge. When pressed, Willson asserted that the letter belonged to his mother, though he could not explain why the names on the packages did not match.
Wilson later admitted in an interview with the Post Office Inspector General that he took the letter from his courier and left it in his car.
Starting September 2020, Wilson estimates that he has placed mail from his delivery routes into his trunk of four but less than 10 cases after returning to post from the indicated route. Agent Brendan M. Boone wrote in a report.
“Wilson plans to reduce the amount of mail in his trunk by placing small amounts of mail in USPS containers the morning before his shift begins. Wilson last reintroduced messages into mail stream in this manner about three weeks ago [to] interview date. “
Wilson denied knowing he had three absentee ballots – which became the focus of the controversial 2020 presidential election.
He has been charged with delaying or canceling the letter according to court documents. He faces five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine if convicted.