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Syracuse Postal Carrier Charged with Discarding Mail

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tanner Brown, 24, of Sharon Springs, New York, has been charged by indictment with one felony count of detaining and delaying U.S. 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.

Brown was arraigned today in federal court in Syracuse, before United States Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks and was released pending a jury trial to be scheduled in the future. The indictment alleges that Brown, while working as an employee of the United States Postal Service, detained and delayed mail intended for delivery between January 1, 2019, through July 24, 2019, in Onondaga County, New York.

The charge filed against Brown carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. 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.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.

Updated December 14, 2020