New York Postal Worker Accused Of Dumping Mail In Woods

Hudson, NY - APRIL 20: A sign in a store front says CLOSED sitting on a chair. On April 15, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he was going to sign an executive order that requires everyone in the state to wear a mask or a mouth/nose covering in public when not social distancing. New York remains the epicenter of the coronavirus with over 200,000 cases. Governor Cuomo and other governors around the country have been sparing with President Donald Trump about the timing to reopen states without setting off another outbreak. Photographed in Hudson, NY, USA on April 20, 2020. New York residents remain under a lock down restricting in their ability to go out and required to maintain social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

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A western New York letter carrier is accused of dumping piles of mail from his route in the woods.

Sean Barrett of Sanborn pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to delaying or destroying mail.

Police received a report of mail next to a trail in the Niagara County village of Youngstown Oct. 13, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo said in a news release. Authorities retrieved three mail bins and two garbage bags containing a total of 1,314 first-class, certified, and standard mailings, including a blank election ballot.

Six days later, authorities returned to find 28 bundles of advertisements in the same area.

Barrett has worked for the United States Postal Service since 2016. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.