Charges dropped against Brooklyn mailman for not delivering 40,000 pieces of mail

Charges dropped against Brooklyn mailman arrested for not delivering 40,000 pieces of mail

Some of the undelivered mail from mailman Joseph Brucato

Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against Brooklyn, New York  postal worker who was arrested in [2014] after investigators found 2,500 pounds [40,000 pieces] of mail stashed in his home and car.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Brucato has not been employed as an mailman since last year, but declined further comment, as did the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office and Brucato’s defense lawyer. Read more from the New York Daily News

In earlier reports:

Joseph Brucato was arrested on September 24, 2014 after investigators found approximately 2,500 pounds [at least 40,000 pieces of priority, First Class and regular mail] worth of undelivered mail in his home, locker and car that dated as far back as 2005.  ‘Personal reasons’ prevented Brucato, whose attorney says suffers from depression, from delivering the mail.

Brucato came under suspicion after his supervisor spotted mail in the carrier’s personal auto, a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant, on Sept. 22, 2014 outside the Ryder Station in Flatbush, NY. Brucato is not authorized to deliver mail in the vehicle.

The next day, agents from the office of inspector general confronted Brucato and he admitted that “he has been keeping mail there for at least six months and that on some days he did not deliver the mail intended for his route for personal reasons,” Special Agent Michael Wu stated in the complaint.

20 thoughts on “Charges dropped against Brooklyn mailman for not delivering 40,000 pieces of mail

  1. No the dumbest thing ever will be when he gets his job back with back pay and wins his grievance for missed overtime.

  2. guess he decided to change delivery service standards without congressional approval. LOL I can’t make this stuff up.

  3. The government usually does this ,accept the resignation and the charges dropped.I knew a Manager who was caught stealing in his window finance office.Buying SUV’s, a house,etc .He tried to fight the charges and wouldn’t resign .He lost at trial and served about 4 years in prison .The government doesn’t drop charges for nothing . The carrier probably claimed mental illness which you can easily get being employed in the postal service.

  4. I can remember when they used to automatically fire someone who stole from the mail or stole time. Now they get paper suspensions. The USPS is heading south at a rapid pace.

  5. It is SOP not to prosecute if the employee agrees not to fight the removal and forfeits any future benefits, depending on the charge. I’m seeing a lot of third bundle circulars in that picture. Landfill before it’s even delivered in most cases and it wouldn’t take long to get to 40,000 pieces on most routes.

  6. If charges were dropped, I’ll bet management royally …. up in the process of removing him. I don’t understand why Congress can’t focus on the terrible performance of managers, who are grossly incompetent or horrendously dishonest and corrupt. Not that a combination of the two doesn’t apply.
    Take our scanners and the “sampling requests” we do now when that idiot scanner voice comes on. Today I had three addresses pop up, and one was on the wrong side of the street and not to be delivered for at least another hour, and the other two were literally a block and a block and a half away on a street I wasn’t close to. GPS can’t do any better than that? Well it can if it wasn’t designed by managers. I remember back as a rookie for a couple years that we carriers before the internet exploded were actually proud to be city letter carriers. We had serious mail to deal with – insurance checks, pay checks, and sometimes stuff that was extremely vital. Yes, we still deliver VA medicine, and some paychecks, but it’s not the same.
    We were held to standards much tougher because the mail was so much more important. You were expected as a PTF to try to read pink cards and look at names in boxes. Regulars had better know their customers backwards and forwards, the same for T-6’s, now called carrier technicians. We had loads of mail that broke our backs, ruined shoulders and knees, got hernias sometimes multiple times like yours anonymously and we dealt with it because we felt we were doing a noble thing.
    Now, I have a totally shot back, have had two hernia surgeries, shoulder surgery, and will have knee surgery sometime this year. Management makes CCA’s run like deer, tells them they don’t have the time to read pink cards or names in boxes, and just go like hell because they have to carry swings and do collections. Service when an old timer isn’t there is pitiful.
    At least people in the USPS now as city carriers in most places probably don’t have the terrible loads we used to have, although I imagine there are routes in some of the bigger cities that are horrible. But at least where I am, they won’t be as worn out. Management will keep having problems with CCA’s who can’t cut it or are thieves stealing, dumping and disposing of mail in other ways. There just isn’t the pride of job out there any more in any business. We’re a spoiled brat nation, with nobody willing to accept responsibility for anything.

    • We don’t have the heavy mail volume we used to have, but we definitely have more parcels. We have managers and supervisors who threw away mail, steal postal property, change clock rings and then get promotions. The postal service has become the poster child for harassment, intimidation and bullying. If the computer doesn’t tell them what to do they no longer know how to think for themselves. It would be amazing if they actually had a job to do other than watch us work and then tell us we need to work faster.

  7. Actually, this is pretty common. Postal Inspectors will often drop the charges if the mail is recovered and the employee signs a letter forbidding them from ever seeking employment with any government agency forever. They stay fired and may also have to pay restitution. They just avoid jail time like so many other white collar criminals.
    You may not like it, but in the long run it saves lots of money in court and incarceration costs while permanently getting rid of the bad employee. If he had gone to jail it would likely have been for only a few months in a federal minimum security facility (think country club). The fact he was arrested and charged will still be on his record.
    Lots of non-violent criminals are treated this way.

    • Actually, the OIG deals with this because he is/was an employee. Inspection service no longer deals with internal theft unless it a contractor. Where employees are concerned, the inspection service normally only deals with things such as assaults.

      • It is a federal crime, so internal theft is their jurisdiction and laziness is the only reason they hand it of to local law enforcement.

    • Only in minor theft cases should the inspectors drop charges in exchange for admission of guilt and resigning,in this case the charges should have been filed and he should have done time for this. I have seen a case where the employee took home watches,IPods,and video games and he had to plea guilty in court and do two years.

  8. Must be related to one of the thugs and tools. Probably
    working at a contractors business by now. Fire them all

  9. So what happened to everyone’s mail that was never delivered. Did they we’re out all that mail and send it out again.? I know some people lost a lot of information over the 9 years that they never got their mail I think all care is need to be reevaluated psychologically so this never happens again.

Comments are closed.