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Postal Worker Admits To Discarding Election Ballots And About 2,000 Pieces Of Other Mail

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A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier from New Jersey on Thursday admitted to discarding 99 general election ballots and hundreds of other pieces of mail last fall. 

Nicholas Beauchene, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of desertion of mails, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a statement.

He faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date.

Beauchene said he discarded 1,875 pieces of mail into dumpsters on the days of Sept. 28, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, 2020. He was the postal worker assigned to deliver those batches of mail to customers in West Orange and Orange.

The mail dumps included 99 general election ballots, 627 pieces of first-class mail, 873 pieces of standard class mail and two pieces of certified mail. Law enforcement officials also recovered 276 campaign flyers for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education candidates.

The discarded mail was later placed back into the mail stream for delivery, authorities said.

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