US Attorney Craig Carpenito announced that a US Postal Service mail carrier was arrested from Hudson County, New Jersey, including 99 general election ballots sent from the County Board of Elections.
Nicholas Buken, 26, of Kearny, is charged with a complaint with delay, one count of ejection or detention of mail and one count of interruption of mail.
A five-year prison sentence and a $ 250,000 fine for delaying the mail charge. Interrupting the mail charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of $ 5,000.
Attorney information for the plaintiffs was not immediately known.
Buchen is scheduled to appear in Newark federal court on Wednesday afternoon.
According to court documents, there are roughly 1,875 pieces of mail – 627 pieces of first class, 873 pieces of standard class, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots for residents of West Orange and 276 campaign passers. . Orange Town Council and Board of Education – were recovered on 2 October and 5 October from dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange.
The intended destinations for ballot papers and campaign travelers are heavily democratic areas.
Mail was scheduled to be delivered on September 28, October 1 and October 2 for addresses on certain post routes in Orange and West Orange. On the delivery dates for which the mail was recovered, according to court documents, Buchen was the only mail carrier to send mail to the mail address.
According to the accused’s office, the recovered mail was put back into the mail stream for delivery to its intended recipient.