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Investigative Press Release

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Delay or Destruction of Mail

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Darius Patin, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on June 7, 2022 before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, Patin was employed by the United States Postal Service as a City Carrier and was assigned to work at Carrollton Station, New Orleans, LA 70118. On or about April 28, 2021, Patin secreted, destroyed, detained, and delayed approximately 1,377 pieces of mail that were recovered from a dumpster in an apartment complex. Patin also unlawfully secreted, detained, and delayed approximately nine First Class letters, eight standard letters, four standard flats, and two periodicals in his personal vehicle.

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.