(The AEGIS Alliance) – A post office employee from New York City was charged after law enforcement officials found out he was in possession of over 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail, a criminal complaint reveals.
53 year old Aleksey Germash allegedly held onto undelivered mail at his Brooklyn home along with in his work locker, car and at the post office in Dyker Heights. One of these pieces of mail the authorities found was postmarked in the year 2005, according to the federal complaint.
On Thursday, Germash was charged with being in violation of a federal law regarding the delivery of United States mail.
The mound of undelivered mail was found after someone made a report to the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General about a Nissan Pathfinder being parked in Brooklyn, containing multiple blue mailbags filled with mail. Agents have determined Germash was the closest post office employee to the location of the Pathfinder vehicle.
Germash was interviewed, who stated the vehicle belonged to him and that “he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail that he had to deliver.” Germash says he “made sure to deliver the important mail,” according to the complaint.
Agents searched Germash’s house, locker and car, where they discovered even more hidden mail, authorities noted. Around 10,000 pieces of mail were in his vehicle, around 6,000 pieces were in his apartment, and 1,000 pieces were in his locker, the complaint says
Germash is a 16-year US Postal Service employee, and has been released on a $25,000 bond, a spokesman for the Brooklyn US attorney’s office said. New York federal defender Michelle Gelernt, Germash’s attorney, declined to comment.
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