BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sean Barrett, 30, of Sanborn, NY, who was convicted of delay or destruction of mail, was fined $600.00 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Bonanno, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was employed as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier assigned to the Lewiston Post Office and responsible for mail deliveries in Lewiston and Youngstown, NY. On October 13, 2020, Barrett was to deliver 1,314 mail pieces, including 502 first class mailings, two certified mailings, and 794 standard mailings, for delivery in the Youngstown area. Instead of delivering those mail pieces, the defendant placed them in a wooded area off Pletcher Road in Youngstown. They were recovered later that day by law enforcement officers. Six days later, on October 19, 2020, fourteen bundles of banded Western New York Value newspapers, dated between August 29 and October 10, 2020, were discovered by USPS agents discarded in a wooded area just west of where the mail pieces were discovered. Barrett was interviewed by USPS agents on October 20, 2020 and admitted to dumping the mail and newspapers instead of delivering them.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Cleevely, Eastern Area Field Office, Pittsburgh, PA, and the Lewiston Police Department, under the direction of Chief Frank Previte.