Prosecutors: LI postal carrier trashed mail
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A postal carrier from Massapequa Park trashed more than 1,000 pieces of mail instead of delivering them to customers on his route, federal prosecutors said.
Patrick Paskett, 24, was arraigned Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn and released on his own recognizance, a court spokesman said Tuesday.
He is charged with felony destruction of mail and faces 5 years in prison if convicted.
A date for his return to court has yet to be scheduled, the spokesman said.
Between Dec. 1 and as late as March 6, Paskett, a regular carrier assigned to the Seaford Post Office since June 2013, deposited pieces of mail into waste containers in Seaford and Massapequa Park, according to the court complaint.
Federal investigators recovered 1,018 pieces of mail Paskett disposed of, including 144 pieces of first-class mail, the document said.
Paskett told a special agent for the U.S. Postal Service he put mail into trash containers about 15 times since December; he also said he knew it was wrong to throw away the mail, the complaint said.
Paskett's attorney, Randi Chavis of Federal Defenders in Central Islip, declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Paskett is still listed as an employee but is not delivering mail. She was not sure if he was still being paid.
Citing privacy law, the spokeswoman said she was unable to discuss the case in any more detail.
A phone call to Paskett's home was not immediately returned.