A 26-year-old postal worker from New Jersey faces federal charges after nearly 2,000 pieces of mail, including ballots, were found discarded in dumpsters, but prosecutors do not believe there was any political motive in the case.
Nicholas Beauchene faces charges of delay, secretion or detention of mail and obstruction of mail after about 1,875 pieces of mail, including 99 general election ballots, intended for Essex County, New Jersey, locations were found in dumpsters on Friday and Monday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
U.S. Attorney Sara Merin had asked for bail to be set at $50,000 because Beauchene had resigned from his job with the Postal Service and admitted dumping the mail, though there was “no indication that there was any political motive.”
Beauchene did not say anything during his first court appearance, which was held Wednesday via Zoom. He was released on $25,000 bail into the custody of his brother.