A former US Postal Service worker tossed dozens of other absentee ballots and other mail into a dumpster in Kentucky, federal prosecutors said.
DeShawn Bojgere, 30, who no longer works for USPS, was charged with delay or destruction of mail-in connection to the ballot dump earlier this month in Louisville, the US Attorney Russell Coleman’s office said.
More than 100 general election absentee ballots being sent out to voters were discarded in a construction dumpster, prosecutors said.
They were tossed along with 69 mixed class pieces of mail, 320 second-class pieces of mail and two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida.
“An analysis of the mail revealed it was from a single route for one scheduled delivery day,” prosecutors said.
Bojgere admitted to Postal Service special agents that he was responsible for discarding the mail, officials said.
“Especially in these times, Americans depend on the reliability and integrity of those that deliver the US Mail,” said United States Attorney Russell Coleman. “Conduct by Postal employees that violates that duty will result in swift federal prosecution.”
If convicted, Bojgere faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
With Post wires