A USPS employee from upstate New York was arrested Tuesday while crossing the Peace Bridge into Canada when hundreds of undelivered absentee ballots were found in his possession.
Buffalo mailman Brandon Wilson, 27, was caught with more than 800 mail-in envelopes in his car trunk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, as he crossed the Peace Bridge in a routine Customs and Border Protection checkpoint operation.
The man claimed he had ended up on a bridge between the United States and Canada by accident, according to the Buffalo News.
Customs and Border Protection found a large container of mail in the vehicle that covered several zip codes. The dates of the mail found ranged from Sept. 16 to Oct. 26.
According to the information provided by law enforcement authorities, Wilson initially said that the mail in his possession belonged to his mother, which was suspicious to law enforcement personnel and a report was filed.
Finally, the USPS employee admitted in an interview with the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General that he had been taking mail from his delivery route and putting it into his car.
“Beginning in September 2020, Wilson estimated he placed mail from his delivery routes into the trunk of his vehicle on more than four but less than 10 instances after returning to the post office from his assigned route,” special agent Brendan M. Boone wrote in a report.
The report went on to say, “Wilson intended to whittle down the amount of mail in the trunk of his vehicle by placing a small amount of the mail into USPS mis sort containers in the morning before his shift began. Wilson last reintroduced mailings into the mail stream in this fashion approximately three weeks prior to the date of the interview.”
Wilson, who was hired by the Postal Service in 2019, has been charged with the crime of delaying or destroying mail, according to court documents. Although he has not yet been convicted, if convicted he faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In late October, a postal worker in the state of Kentucky was indicted on federal charges for allegedly deleting hundreds of ballots, according to information accessed by Fox News.
According to reports, the discarded mail was later found in a construction dumpster in Louisville and included approximately 111 absentee ballots, which could not be delivered for completion.
A week later, in Massachusetts, Boston police and the FBI announced that they had arrested a 39-year-old man on charges of setting fire to a ballot box outside the main campus of the Boston Public Library.
The accused was clearly visible on security cameras.
As reported by The Post, on the weekend of Oct. 18, in Los Angeles County, California, another mailbox caught fire and authorities opened an investigation. The incident took place outside the Baldwin Park Library, but authorities have not identified any suspects so far.
These are only some of the cases regarding conflicts with absentee ballots, demonstrating how fragile this obsolete system is and it is not prepared to receive the number of ballots sent, generating the many inconveniences and disputes that today call into question nothing less than the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election.