USPS Worker Charged with Destruction of Mail
DeShawn Bojgere from Louisville, Kentucky was charged with the delay or destruction of mail and now faces a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison if convicted.
The offense is listed as a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code 1703 which states that it is in violation when someone “being a Postal Service officer or employee, unlawfully secretes, destroys, detains, delays, or opens any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail entrusted to him or which shall come into his possession”
On Oct. 26, the Department of Justice released a statement to the public concluding their findings and confirmed that “Bojgere admitted to special agents with the U.S. Postal Service that he was responsible for discarding the mail in the construction dumpster.”
Another construction worker found over 500 pieces of mail on Oct. 15, including 111 unopened absentee ballots, in a dumpster on a construction site he was working on Galene Drive in Louisville. The mail was determined to have been disposed of sometime between Oct. 5–Oct. 15 and had all come from a single mail route on the same day.
The discarded mail was returned to the locations it was originally intended after USPS special agents made copies of each piece to retain for evidence.