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L.I. Postal Worker Charged With Hiding, Hoarding Mail

April 10, 2018 - 1:23 pm

BELLMORE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island postal worker has been charged with hiding mail he was supposed to deliver.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, bags, bags, and more bags were taken out of the Bellmore home of Richard Schaaf on Tuesday. Inside, 1,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found, authorities said.

Federal prosecutors said the postal worker hid the mail instead of doing his job delivering it. Schaaf is charged with delay or destruction of mail.

Schaaf’s attorney said his client was not stealing anything.

“A lot of stuff that weren’t delivered were circulars and junk mail, OK?” said attorney Joseph Mure. “No, he was not stealing anyone’s mail. He was not stealing anyone’s identity.”

Mure said his client did not have a set route, and his manager put a lot of pressure on him.

“If he came back with extra mail, then he would be reprimanded in front of all the other workers,” Mure said.

A U.S. Postal Service representative said Schaaf was hired in 2016 and is on the employee rolls, but is not working with any customers at this time. Any customer who feels they are missing mail should call and make a complaint, the Postal Service said.