UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — A mail carrier left the Uncasville Post Office with a truck full of mail on Feb. 6, but what happened after that may have been criminal. Instead of delivering the letters, bills, and packages, the carrier reportedly threw the parcels away.
“I was told that it was a substitute driver that was filling in that discarded the mail on the route,” said Mary Fischer, who never received a package and checks she was expecting that day.
Tampering with mail is a federal offense, and that carrier, Louis Perez, may be in big trouble. He started in January and no long works at the Uncasville Post Office. The Office of Inspector General completed its investigation into the incident, and criminal charges could be next.
“One of my biggest concerns is that they didn’t notify any of us,” said Fischer.
Fischer only found out because she was waiting for the package and was able to track it. She didn’t even realize it was missing, for 11 days.
“You wouldn’t think ‘oh, my carrier threw my mail away,'” said Fischer.
There are 656 addresses on Perez’s Montville route, but those affected may be much less.
If you’re missing mail call the Uncasville post office. Some folks are given a phone number to call to file a complaint.
Fischer was told since her package wasn’t insured she wouldn’t be compensated.
“But to go ahead and fill out a form anyway, which I am waiting for to be delivered by the post office,” said Fischer with a laugh. “So we’ll see if I get that. But my regular carrier is actually excellent.”
The Inspector General’s report was presented to the U.S. Attorney General. If that office doesn’t decide to prosecute, it can also be done on a local level.