USPS worker accused of dumping mail including postal ballots in New Jersey, Trump tweets ‘rigged!’
Prosecutors say the case is not politically motivated (Getty Images / iStockphoto)
A U.S. postal worker in New Jersey was arrested after throwing nearly 2,000 pieces of mail, including votes, in dumpsters.
Nicholas Beauchene, 26, from Kearny is facing charges of delaying, secretion or incarceration of postal services and obstruction of the postal service, ABC13 reported.
Millions of Americans will vote by mail in this year's presidential election due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Prosecutors have stated that they do not believe that Mr Beauchene's disposal of the mail was politically motivated.
However, Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed without evidence that postal ballot papers could fall victim to election fraud, quickly got used to the case.
"Manipulated!" The president tweeted Monday morning with a picture of the restored mail. It was reportedly found in dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange on October 2nd and 5th.
Approximately 1,875 mail pieces were recovered, including 600 premium mail pieces and 99 ballot papers for the November election.
Mail should be delivered to postal addresses in Orange and West Orange, Essex Counties.
In addition to the ballot papers for West Orange residents, prosecutors said 276 campaign flyers were recovered from candidates for West Orange Council and the school board.
The prosecutor said Mr Beauchene was the only postman who would be delivered to the addresses on the delivery dates.
The restored mail was put back into the mail stream for delivery.
Attorney Sara Merin moved that Mr. Beauchene's bail be fixed at $ 50,000, admitting he discarded the mail and subsequently quit his job because of the incident.
He was released into his brother's care on bail for $ 25,000.
If Mr Beauchene is found guilty of obstructing the Post Office - a federal crime - he could face a maximum prison sentence of six months and a fine of up to $ 5,000.
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