A former USPS worker faces federal charges for throwing out more than 100 absentee ballots and other mail in Kentucky
- A former USPS worker in Kentucky has been charged "with the delay or destruction of mail," the US Department of Justice announced on Monday.
- DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, discarded "approximately" 111 ballots in a construction dumpster on a date between October 5 and 15, federal authorities allege.
- If convicted, Bojgere faces up to five years in prison a $250,000 fine.
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A former USPS worker in Kentucky has been charged with "with the delay or destruction of mail," after federal authorities say he discarded mail that included approximately 111 absentee ballots by throwing them into a construction dumpster, the US Department of Justice announced Monday.
According to the Justice Department, 30-year-old DeShawn Bojgere of Louisville told federal authorities that he was responsible for discarding the mail. If convicted, Bojgere will face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Bojgere dumped a "large quantity" of mail sometime between October 5 and October 15, according to the criminal complaint. The mail was discovered in a construction dumpster in Louisville. In addition to the more than 100 absentee ballots sent from the Jefferson County Clerk, the discarded mail also contained other mixed mail, including about 70 pieces of flat-rate mail, 320 pieces of second-class mail, and "two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida," according to US Attorney Russell Coleman's office.
The discarded mail had been from a single day and the same route, the Justice Department said. Copies of the mail were made for evidence in the case, but the original copies were eventually delivered to their intended recipients, the Justice Department said.
"Especially in these times, Americans depend on the reliability and integrity of those that deliver the US Mail," Coleman said in a press release. "Conduct by Postal employees that violates that duty will result in swift federal prosecution."
Despite evidence mail-in voting is largely safe and secure, President Donald Trump has for months launched attacks on the postal service and states' efforts to encourage voters to cast ballots by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, the president once again attacked mail-in voting, claiming in a tweet — without evidence — there were "big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA." In response, Twitter labeled the tweet as potentially misleading and stopped other users from sharing it.
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