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Former Postal Carrier Pleads Guilty to Discarding Mail in Woods

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tanner Brown, 25, of Cobleskill, New York, pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Syracuse to one felony count of delaying the mail, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Northeast Area Field Office.

In pleading guilty, Brown admitted that between January 1, 2019, and July 24, 2019, while working as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, he intentionally detained and failed to deliver 5,833 pieces of mail. Instead of delivering this mail to its intended recipients in Onondaga County, Brown drove it to Sharon Springs, New York, where he dumped some of it in a grassy field and the rest of it in a wooded area underneath a pile of discarded tires. When agents recovered the mail from those locations, they discovered that much of it was First-Class Mail and that most of it was wet, dirty, and/or covered in bugs. 

The charge to which Brown pled guilty carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. Brown will be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby on August 4, 2021. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by USPS-OIG, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.

Updated April 8, 2021