Postal Worker Indicted for Delay or Destruction of Mail

Published 4:26 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DARIUS PATIN, age 33, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on November 12, 2021 in a one-count indictment for delay or destruction of mail.

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. The indictment alleges that 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 reiterated that the indictment 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 five (5) years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three (3) years of supervised release, 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.