A New York State postal worker faces a federal indictment for allegedly stealing more than 800 mail items, including three absentee ballots.
Prosecutors say that in September, Brandon Wilson, an employee of a post office in West Seneca, Erie County, began stealing mail from his delivery routes and putting it in the trunk of his car.
Officials say he may have stolen money sent with greeting cards and checks in areas of Buffalo.
In total, Wilson is said to have stolen 813 mail items, including three absentee ballots to be delivered to voters.
On election day, he was stopped at the Peace Bridge, an international bridge linking Buffalo to Canada, by United States customs and border patrol officers.
Court records show that Wilson was unable to explain the “additional names” on the mail pieces, although he claimed the mail belonged to him and his mother. Wilson also said he wanted to return the mail to the post office, but forgot it was in his trunk.
He was charged with delaying or destroying mail, which is a federal offense.
In October, a USPS employee from Florida was accused of stealing a letter post during a ballot, as well as gift cards and prepaid debit cards.
Crystal Nicole Myrie, 31, appeared in federal court on charges of stealing the Miami-Dade County ballot paper and 150 other mail items, the Miami Herald reported. Myrie is also alleged to have stolen 36 political pamphlets.
She admitted to two postal inspector agents that she stole the debit cards to use in stores. Whether Myrie stole the ballot paper intentionally is not known.
In a criminal complaint, the Office of the Inspector General of the USPS said that “Myrie’s theft [of the victim]deprived the postal vote [of the victim]of her right to vote.
Donald Trump has criticized the expansion of absentee voting in the presidential election, claiming without evidence that it leads to widespread fraud.
According to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice, the overall rate of electoral fraud in the United States is less than 0.0009%.