A New York postal worker has been arrested at the border with Canada after being caught with more than 800 pieces of USPS mail in his trunk, including absentee ballots.
West Seneca post office worker Brandon Wilson now faces federal charges for delay or destruction of mail, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Postal employee identified as Brandon Wilson charged with hiding and not delivering mail. Postal IG office says over 800 pieces of mail including three absentee ballots found in his car trunk after Customs search at Peace Bridge. More details at Ch 2 4,5,6 @WGRZ pic.twitter.com/yP2q7VPHkT
— Ron Plants WGRZ (@RonWGRZ) November 5, 2020
USPS Worker Arrested En Route To Canada
On Election Day, Wilson was stopped by United States Customs and Border Patrol agents.
He was arrested on the Peace Bridge that connects Buffalo to Canada.
When investigators went through the 813 pieces of mail found in Wilson’s trunk, they found three absentee ballots that were intended for voters in Erie County.
Also included were over 100 political mailers, 220 first class mailings, and 484 standard mailings.
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Wilson claimed the mail belonged to him and his mother, but according to court paperwork, “could not account for additional names printed on the mail pieces.”
Wilson said he forgot the mail was in his trunk.
Brandon Wilson is charged with the federal offense of delay or destruction of mail.
U.S. Attorney Insists They Are Ensuring A ‘Free And Fair Election’
The Department of Justice issued a press release about the incident.
“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,” said U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. after Wilson was arrested and charged.
“The criminal conduct with which this defendant is alleged to have engaged, undermined both of those interests,” Kennedy added.
Other USPS Mail Incidents
In late October, an Ohio mail carrier was arrested with hundreds of pieces of mail.
De’Andrian Rice had been found with stolen mail during a traffic stop, and was later arrested by the USPS Office of the Inspector General.
Police video shows the moment investigators busted an Ohio mail carrier for allegedly not delivering hundreds of pieces of mail.https://t.co/O9LrfznBau
— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) October 31, 2020
In Pennsylvania, military ballots were found discarded in a dumpster.
In Idaho, stolen mail was found in a parking lot. Among the items were absentee ballots, which police were able to return to the proper owners.
In San Bernadino County California, sheriff’s deputies dealt with another case of stolen mail that included ballots.
The Denver Post reports that an investigation is underway regarding mail stolen from an apartment complex. Their headline reads, “Denver police, postal officials investigating report of stolen mail as ballots drop.”
How Often Does This Happen?
A quick Google search will bring up as many instances of mail theft as you care to read.
As the results of the 2020 presidential election continue to unfold, how does one ignore incidents like these?
To be certain, there are no allegations that any of these incidents are part of any plot to disrupt the election.
But many Americans are skeptical of the mail service.
The mainstream media holds the official position that the mail is safe.
Yet, every kid in America learns at an early age to take special care when using the mail.
How many people learn to never send cash through the mail, for fear it could be lost or stolen?
That seems prudent advice still in 2020.
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