NEWARK, N.J. (CBS/AP) — A postal employee in Hudson County dumped more than 1,800 pieces of mail, including 99 ballots for the upcoming election, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, faced arraignment later in the day on charges of delay, secretion or detention of mail and obstruction of mail. It was not known if he had retained a lawyer.
The approximately 1,875 pieces of discarded mail was recovered from trash dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange on Oct. 2, and Oct. 5., prosecutors said. It had been scheduled to be delivered to addresses on certain postal routes in Orange and West Orange.READ MORE: 'It's Time For Baseball': Fairmount Sports Association Opens Little League Season In Another Sign Of Recovery From COVID
In addition to the election ballots for residents in West Orange, prosecutors said 276 campaign flyers from candidates for the West Orange Council and for the school board also were recovered.READ MORE: Gas Prices Drop In New Jersey, Around Nation As Gas Inventories Go Up
Prosecutors said Beauchene was the only mail carrier assigned to deliver to the addresses on the delivery dates.
The recovered mail was placed back into the mail stream for delivery.MORE NEWS: WATCH: Girl Challenges Pittsburgh Police Officer And Former Pitt Football Player To Race
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