Long Island Mailman Accused of Trashing More Than 1,000 Letters, Packages

The investigation began after residents in Seaford and Massapequa complained they weren't getting mail

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    A Long Island mail carrier is accused of throwing more than a thousand letters and packages into garbage bins along his route because he didn't feel like delivering them, officials say. Greg Cergol reports.

    A Long Island mail carrier is accused of throwing more than a thousand letters and packages into garbage bins along his route because he didn't feel like delivering them, officials say. 

    Residents in Seaford and Massapequa started complaining to the post office that they weren't getting their mail, and federal officials began watching the 24-year-old mail carrier on their route, Peter Paskett. 

    According to a federal court complaint, one federal agent saw Paskett throw mail into the garbage in Massapequa earlier this month. 

    Last week, agents approached Paskett about the missing mail and he allegedly confessed to tossing mail in the trash more than a dozen times over the last four months. The court complaint says Paskett said he knew throwing away mail was wrong.

    Two women at Paskett's Massapequa Park home refused comment, but a neighbor called Paskett and his family "good people."
    "It's sad," she said. "I feel really bad." 
    Rosemary Connerton of Seaford called Paskett's alleged mail-dumping "totally irresponsible."
    "My grandson just had a birthday. Suppose his birthday cards were dropped in there?" she said. 

    Paskett began working for the U.S. Postal Service in June. Officials say he's still employed pending the outcome of the investigation but no longer delivers mail.

    Prosecutors say federal agents were able to recover more than 1,000 pieces of mail Paskett allegedly tossed in the trash in the last month. Nearly 150 of the letters found were posted first-class. 

    Paskett was arraigned last week on a felony charge of mail destruction and released on his own recognizance. 

    Information on an attorney for him wasn't immediately available.

    --Greg Cergol contributed to this report. 

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