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Postal service employee charged with dumping ballots in New Jersey

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The United States Postal Service today announced that they have arrested a postal worker in the dumping of mail, including nearly 100 general election ballots, which further points to problems with voting by mail, long criticized by President Trump.

“According to court documents, roughly 1,875 pieces of mail – including 627 pieces of first class, 873 pieces of standard class, 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 – were recovered from dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5,” says NBC New York.

Nicholas Beauchene, 26, a postal worker, was charged with two counts in the dumping action and faces up to five years in jail and $250,000 if found guilty of the most serious charge of delay of mail.

On Friday, a Jersey man posted a photo to Facebook of mail bundles scattered near a dumpster.

“Just found two to 300 lb of mail dumped in a dumpster behind one of the banks I service. Including at least 200 ballots,” said Howard Dinger according to the New Jersey Globe.  “This is the kind of stuff you just can’t make up. And yes it was reported to the local police and the postal police.”

The USPS said that they recovered all the mail, including the voting ballots, and it has all been delivered. The material also contained campaign flyers.

The mail was schedule to de delivered on dates that could only coincide with Beauchene being responsible for the dumping, says postal authorities.   

“On the delivery dates for which mail was recovered, Beauchene was the only mail carrier assigned to deliver mail to the addresses on the recovered mail, according to the court documents,” says the Globe.

In the meantime, the man who found the mail and posted the photos to Facebook, says he’s taken heat from people for posting photos of the mail on social media.

“I found the mail personally and I can vouch for its authenticity. The local police were called and so were the postal police,” Dinger said on Facebook.  “And all the people that are pissed off about me posting this are probably postal employees that have done the same goddamn thing. That’s the only reason I can see for being pissed off about my post. So for all those who have a problem with what I posted go jump in a lake.”

PHOTO: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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