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Employee Under Investigation After Mail Found Dumped In Woods In Somers

Somers Post Office Photo Credit: Google Maps Street View
The area the dumped mail was found. Photo Credit: Google Maps Street View

The U.S. Postal Service is investigating an employee after boxes of mail were found dumped in the woods in Northern Westchester.

The mail was found in Somers near the intersection of Voris Drive and Wellington Lane.

An investigation is currently underway into an allegation involving undelivered mail in Somers, confirmed Jeffrey Powers, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Inspector General's Office.

The undelivered mail was recovered by agents and the investigation is ongoing, he said.

At this time, Powers said the office could not release additional information to the public, due to the investigation.

"Impeding the delivery of the U.S. Mail can be charged criminally," he added. "Upon completion, the facts of the investigation will be presented for prosecutorial consideration."

Powers said the Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the department from releasing any information regarding the employee involved, including whether they have been suspended.

"The U.S. Postal Service employs more than 625,000 employees and is the largest civilian federal workforce in the country," he said. "This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior."

If the investigation finds enough evidence to prosecute the employee, the information will be turned over to a federal prosecutor and could lead to criminal charges, Powers said.

At that time, the employee's information would become a matter of public record.

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