Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against Brooklyn, New York postal worker who was arrested in  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.