Postal worker admits to trashing ballots and other mail ahead of 2020 election
How many more times did this happen?
A mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in New Jersey has admitted to discarding mail, including election ballots, ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Provided by Washington Examiner
Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, pleaded guilty to one count of desertion of mails after he discarded nearly 1,900 pieces of mail, including 99 general election ballots, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on May 27.
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey said the mail deposits were made on three days, on Sept. 28, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2, 2020, and included “627 pieces of first-class mail, 873 pieces of standard class mail, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots destined for residents in West Orange, and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education.”
The discarded pieces of mail were recovered by law enforcement and sent to their destinations.
Beauchene, who had mail routes in Orange and West Orange, faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. His sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 21.
The plea comes after other instances of discarded mail were found ahead of the election, including in October when batches of mail and voter ballots were stolen from mailboxes in California and thrown out.
Sheriff’s officials in San Bernardino County said the mail was found across the California towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms.
“You know, is this intentional? Is this meant to suppress the vote? I don’t know,” the woman who found the mail told a local news outlet, though law enforcement ultimately determined it was not.
In a similar incident last year, spa owner Lilia Serobian said she also witnessed a rental truck discarding mail into a dumpster in the parking lot of her building.
“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental, big truck, that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages,” she said at the time.