Brooklyn mailman dumped 17K letters so he could focus on 'important' ones

Authorities found 10,000 pieces of mail in his car 1,000 in his work locker and another 6,000 at his home with the oldest piece of mail dating back to 2005

Brooklyn mailman dumped 17K letters so he could focus on 'important' ones

He told investigators he was 'overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver, but made sure to deliver the important mail'.

An "overwhelmed" New York City postal worker stashed more than 17,000 pieces of mail in his home, auto and work locker rather than delivering them, authorities said.

He got out on a $25,000 bond. Gelernt, declined to comment on Saturday.

The majority of workers deliver mail intact, but "a small number of employees abuse the public's trust by delaying or stealing the mail", the Postal Service said on its website. Mr. Germash could not be reached on Saturday.

It was uncertain what sort of mail Mr. Germash neglected to deliver if the recovered mail would be sent to its receivers.

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A Brooklyn mail carrier has been charged with hoarding more than 17,000 pieces of mail.

They found an additional 1,000 pieces in Germash's locker at the Dyker Heights, Brooklyn post office where he worked, and another 6,000 additional pieces of undelivered mail in his apartment, according to the USPS OIG's office. In past situations, the Postal Service has reported regained bundles and letters at good state must be shipped.

The Postal Service investigated 1,364 employee mail cases and arrested 409 employees between October 2016 and September 2017, according to the service. The 53-year-old was accused of hiding it, instead of delivering. He was charged with delaying or detaining mail.

Back in 2014, there was a Brooklyn mail carrier identified to own hidden 40,000 pieces of mail - a whole of 2,500 lb. The investigators say they discovered 20 bags of mail - containing about 10,000 letters - inside the vehicle on Wednesday, Pix 11 reports. Earlier this month, postal inspectors found around 60 bags of undelivered mail at the home of a postal carrier on New York's Long Island.

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