A criminal complaint to a leader names Sean Troesch and a second criminal complaint names James McLenigan.
Special agents from the United States Postal Service raided Troesch’s home in Baldwin on Sunday evening, confiscating nine garbage bags after a tip said he was taking mail from his vehicle and placing it in the bags , according to the criminal complaint. When officers arrived, they asked Troesch if the bags contained any mail and he said there was, according to the complaint.
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He later admitted that all of the bags contained mail and that four items of mail were found in his personal vehicle, according to the complaint.
An inventory of Troesch’s vehicle mail and bags revealed 314 first-class mail items, seven certified mail items, one priority mail item and 1,311 political advertisements or similar campaign mail items, the complaint said. The seized mail did not contain any mail-in ballots, but did contain a request for a mail-in ballot.
McLenigan is accused of throwing undelivered mail outside the Persad Center in Lawrenceville. Andy Sheehan of the KDKA previously reported that the centre’s operations coordinator, Tony Kuhar, continued to find mail in the trash. He checked his surveillance cameras and saw a postman throw more bundles after delivering the mail to the center.
The criminal complaint says investigators questioned McLenigan on October 8 about mail collected from garbage cans outside the center and that he admitted to throwing mail.
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The criminal complaint states that they recovered 75 pieces of first class mail and 25 pieces of political advertising or similar campaign mail items. The seized mail did not contain any mail-in ballots, but did contain a request for a mail-in ballot.
Troesch works on Mt. Oliver’s post office, while McLenigan works at the Bloomfield post office. Both men face up to five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.
Authorities say all recovered mail has now been delivered.