From: KDKA-TV News Staff
Pittsburgh (KDKA) – Two letter carriers in the Pittsburgh area have been accused of delaying or destroying mail by a postal employee, US attorney Scott Brady said.
The one-time criminal complaint was named by Sean Trosch and the second by James McLenigan.
U.S. Postal Service agents raided Troesh’s home in Baldwin on Sunday night, confiscating nine garbage bags after a tip said he took mail from his vehicle and put it in the bags, according to the criminal complaint. When the agents arrived, they asked Troesh if there was any mail in the bags, and he said there was, the complaint said.
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He later admitted that all the bags contained mail and four shipments were found in his car, the complaint said.
The inventory of Troesch’s vehicle and bags found 314 items of first-class mail, seven items of certified mail, one item of priority mail and 1,311 political advertisements or similar items of campaign mail, the complaint said. The seized mail does not contain ballots for sending, but contains one request for voting.
McLenigan is accused of dumping undelivered mail outside the center of Persad in Lawrenceville. KDKA’s Andy Sheehan said earlier that the center’s operations coordinator, Tony Cook, continued to find mail in the trash. He checked his surveillance cameras and saw a postal carrier allegedly dropping other packages after delivering mail to the center.
The criminal complaint says investigators interviewed McLenigan on Oct. 8 about the mail being taken out of the trash in front of the center, and he admitted to throwing the mail away.
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The criminal complaint states that they found 75 items of first-class mail and 25 items of political advertisements or similar items in the election mail. The seized mail does not contain ballots to be sent, but contains one request to vote.
Troesch works from Mt. Oliver’s post office while McLengan works from the Bloomfield Post Office. Both men face up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine.
The feds say all the recovered mail has already been delivered.