A Massapequa Park man faces jail time after he allegedly trashed more than 1,000 pieces of mail instead of delivering them, according to multiple reports.
Patrick Paskett, 24, of Massapequa Park, was arraigned at Brooklyn Federal Court on felony destruction of mail charges, the New York Post reported.
Federal investigators began watching Paskett after Seaford and Massapequa Park residents on his route reported missing letters and packages, reported the New York Post. Special Agent Steven DeMayo tracked Paskett and spotted him tossing a stack of mail into a garbage can on March 6, said the report.
Agents recovered 1,018 pieces of mail Paskett chucked, including 144 pieces of first-class mail, said the report. He reportedly threw out mail on 15 different occasions since December.
“It happened. I resigned. I don’t work for them anymore. It’s over,” Paskett told New York Post. Meanwhile, a USPS spokesperson told them he is still employed, though not delivering mail, pending the outcome of the case.
In a federal court complaint, Paskett admitted he knew what he was doing was wrong, said the report.
Paskett faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charges. After being released on his own recognizance, he was reportedly not yet scheduled for his return to court as of Tuesday.