A mailman was arrested at the US-Canada border with hundreds of pieces of undelivered mail, including some absentee ballots. He was trying to cross the border with more than 800 pieces of undelivered mail in the trunk of his car.
Brandon Wilson, 27, tried to talk himself out of the situation by explaining that he had ended up at the border accidentally.
He explained that he was in the wrong lane. Apparently, he was traveling on Interstate 190 when he accidentally ended up on the bridge.
But when asked about the mail, he told the authorities at the border that it was for his mother.
However, a closer look at the mail told a different story.
The mail should have been delivered across numerous zip codes. The undelivered mail was found in a huge bin by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The Absentee Ballots
Among the mail were three absentee ballots from Erie County Board of Elections.
Later, he was questioned about the mail by the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. It was only then that he finally admitted the truth.
Brendan M. Boone put his story in a report which read in part:
Beginning in September 2020, Wilson estimated he placed mail from his delivery routes into the trunk of his vehicle on more than four but less than 10 instances after returning to the post office from his assigned route.
Wilson intended to whittle down the amount of mail in the trunk of his vehicle by placing a small amount of the mail into USPS missort containers in the morning before his shift began. Wilson last reintroduced mailings into the mail stream in this fashion approximately three weeks prior [to] the date of the interview.
However, the mailman denied knowledge of being in possession of three absentee ballots. Such ballots have become the focus of the highly contested 2020 presidential election.
For his crimes, Wilson faces charges of delaying or destroying mail. He could spend up to five years in prison and pay a fine of $250,000 if found guilty of these charges.