Officers from the Inspector General’s Office of the Postal Service were responding to a report on undelivered mail outside the employee’s home on Sunday. The clerk works at the Mount Oliver Post Office, according to a postal service statement.
“USPS OIG special agents have retrieved several classes of mail, including corporate mail, apartments and small amounts of first-class mail,” Special Agent Scott Balfour told CNN. “We expect to do a mail piece count today and make arrangements to get mail to customers as soon as possible.”
The employee was not named in the statement, but Balfour said he was currently in a state of duty-free and unpaid.
“Once USPS OIG special agents conclude their investigation, the case will be presented for federal prosecution to the US Attorney̵
Balfour noted that the postal service has 630,000 employees and most are “hardworking and reliable individuals” who work around the clock to deliver the nation’s mail. “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare when placed in that context,” he said.
Baldwin is a suburb of Pittsburgh while Mount Oliver is a small town that is completely surrounded by the Pittsburgh city limits.
Another recent mail dumping incident
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, 26-year-old Nicholas Beauchene was arrested and charged with one count of late mail and one of obstruction of mail. If found guilty of both counts, he faces up to five years and six months in prison and a $ 255,000 fine.
Court documents say Beauchene has been working for the postal service since July. He is accused of dumping 1,875 pieces of mail into two bins, one in North Arlington and the other in West Orange.
The mail in the North Arlington dumpster contained 98 general ballots; the mail found in the West Orange dumpster had a general election vote. All mail, according to the DOJ, was eventually delivered.
Howard Dinger, a North Arlington resident, told CNN he found the mail in a North Arlington dumpster, wrapped with rubber bands on October 2. He said he discovered her throwing out his own garbage and immediately called the police.
CNN reached out to Beauchene for comment. The New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers union did not comment.
CNN’s Paul Murphy contributed to this report.