LOUISVILLE, KY – The Department of Justice on Monday announced that a former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee in Kentucky is facing federal criminal charges after allegedly throwing several bags of mail in a dumpster that included more than 100 absentee ballots being sent to voters.
DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, was charged in the Western District of Kentucky with delay or destruction of mail in violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1703, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in a press release.
The mail included approximately 111 general election absentee ballots that were being mailed from the Jefferson County clerk’s office to voters, as well as 69 mixed class pieces of mail, 320 second-class pieces of mail, and two national election campaign flyers from a political party in Florida, the release said.
“Especially in these times, Americans depend on the reliability and integrity of those that deliver the U.S. Mail,” Coleman said. “Conduct by Postal employees that violates that duty will result in swift federal prosecution.”
Prosecutors claim that earlier this month Bojgere discarded “a large quantity of mail” from a single route that was all scheduled for delivery on the same day.
Bojgere admitted to special agents with the U.S. Postal Service that he was responsible for discarding the mail in the construction dumpster. However, at this time, there is no evidence indicating that Bojgere’s conduct was specifically intended to affect the delivery of the absentee ballots he was carrying. The motive is unclear.
The charges come after several other instances of USPS employees interfering with the delivery of mail-in ballots.
As previously reported by Law&Crime, earlier this month USPS agents raided the home of a QAnon-aligned mail carrier in Baldwin, Pennsylvania who was suspected of hoarding undelivered mail. Bojgere is no longer employed by the postal service.
Copies of the mail were made to retain as evidence, while all of the recovered mail was placed back in the mail stream for delivery to its intended recipients.
If convicted at trial, he faces no more than 5 years in prison a $250,000 fine, and one year of supervised release after serving the sentence.