USPS worker from Kearny pleads guilty to trashing 1,875 pieces of mail, including 99 VBM ballots

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A United State Postal Worker from Kearny has pleaded guilty to trashing 1,875 pieces of mail last year, including 99 vote-by-mail ballots sent from the Essex County Board of Elections, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced.

Inset Facebook photo of Nicholas Beauchene.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of desertion of mails.

Beauchene admitted that on September 28th, October 1st, and October 2, 2020, he discarded into dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange 1,875 pieces of mail that he was assigned to deliver to postal customers in West Orange and Orange.

This mail included 627 pieces of first-class mail, 873 pieces of standard class mail, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots destined for residents in West Orange, and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education.

Law enforcement recovered the mail on October 2, 2020, and Oct. 5, 2020, and placed it back into the mail stream for delivery. Beauchene was charged just two days later.

The desertion of mail charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine and his sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.