Skip to main content
Press Release

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Failing To Deliver Over 1,300 Pieces Of Mail

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sean Barrett, 30, of Sanborn, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy to delay or destruction of mail. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.     

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Bonanno, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was employed as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier assigned to the Lewiston Post Office and responsible for mail deliveries in Lewiston and Youngstown, NY. On October 13, 2020, Barrett was to deliver 1,314 mail pieces, including 502 first class mailings, two certified mailings, and 794 standard mailings, for delivery in the Youngstown area. Instead of delivering those mail pieces, the defendant placed them in a wooded area off Pletcher Road in Youngstown. They were recovered later that day by law enforcement officers. Six days later, on October 19, 2020, fourteen bundles of banded Western New York Value newspapers, dated between August 29 and October 10, 2020, were discovered by USPS agents discarded in a wooded area just west of where the mail pieces were discovered. Barrett was interviewed by USPS agents on October 20, 2020 and admitted to dumping the mail and newspapers instead of delivering them.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Cleevely, Eastern Area Field Office, Pittsburgh, PA, and the Lewiston Police Department, under the direction of Chief Frank Previte.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge McCarthy.

# # # #


Updated February 23, 2021