Trash bags of undelivered mail found curbside of Postal Service employee's Pennsylvania home

Discovery comes amid concerns about integrity of U.S. mail system as a record number of Americans cast mail-in ballots before Nov. 3. 

Updated: October 14, 2020 - 12:26pm

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U.S. Postal Service agents found undelivered mail this past weekend in trash bags outside of a postal employee's home in suburban Pittsburgh.

The agents, with the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, found the curbside bags Sunday while responding to a report about undelivered mail outside of the home, according to CNN.

The discovery is among several recent, similar ones regarding discarded mail, amid concerns about the integrity of the U.S. mail system, as a record number of Americans cast mail-in ballots before Election Day on Nov. 3. 

An inspector general agent told CNN that “several different classes of mail, including business mail, flats, and a small amount of first class mail” was recovered. There was no indication as of Wednesday morning that mail-in ballots were among the items recovered.

The agent also said the postal service expects to perform a “piece count” of the mail and make arrangements to have the mail delivered to customers “as soon as feasible.”

The Justice Department last week charged a mail carrier in New Jersey for dumping mail.

Nicholas Beauchene, 26, was charged with one count of delay of mail and one of obstruction of mail, according to court documents. Beauchene is accused of dumping 1,875 pieces of mail into two dumpsters, including 99 general election ballots, CNN also reports

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