Postal Worker Charged with Obstruction of Mail
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – KEVIN HART, age 31, a resident of Marrero, Louisiana, was charged on July 12, 2022 in a one-count bill of information with obstruction of mail, announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans.
According to court documents, HART was employed by the United States Postal Service as a City Carrier Associate and was assigned to work at the Johnson Street Post Office in Metairie, Louisiana, 70001. On or about July 1, 2021, HART knowingly and willfully did obstruct and retard the passage of the mail in that he unlawfully secreted, destroyed, detained, and delayed approximately 236 pieces of mail that were recovered from a dumpster in Metairie.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to six (6) months imprisonment, up to a $5,000 fine or the greater of twice the gross grain to defendant or twice to gross loss to any person under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter. Assistant U. S. Attorney Rachal Cassagne is in charge of the prosecution.