2016-09-14 / Front Page

Mail Carrier Confesses He ‘Dumped Letters”

By Liz Goff
A Woodside mail carrier last week confessed to federal agents that he dumped hundreds of pieces of U.S. mail in dumpsters along his route because he wanted to leave early on Fridays, but his boss refused to let him leave.

A criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court says Timothy Valentin, 27, was the subject of complaints throughout the summer by residents and business owners who said they were not getting their mail.

Valentin told federal agents he couldn’t deliver the 759 pieces of mail over four days in July because mailboxes along his route were blocked.

U.S. Postal Service investigators became suspicious when they received a high number of complaints from customers, an agency spokesperson said.  A supervisor at the Woodside Post Office walked Valentin’s route and discovered the mail in the dumpsters.

Valentin, who was released on $50,000 bail at his arraignment at Brooklyn Federal Court, told reporters he had to pick up his daughter from a sitter on the days he dumped the mail, so he had to find a way to leave early.

The Queens resident described his actions as unfortunate and told reporters, “It’s embarassing.”

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