FORMER POSTAL EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH DELAY OF U.S. MAIL

Published 10:30 am Sunday, November 28, 2021

 NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, age 28, of Houma, was charged on November 19, 2021  in a one-count indictment with delay of U.S. Mail matter by postal employee, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ‘ 1703(a).

According to the indictment, from approximately June 11, 2021 through approximately June 14, 2021, it is alleged that WASHINGTON delayed U.S. mail matter, which was intended to be conveyed by mail.

If convicted, WASHINTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of up to five (5) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or the greater of twice the gross gain to defendant or loss to victim, up to three (3) years supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Carter Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.