NJ man charged with dumping mail

DEPTFORD, N.J. - October 26, 2010

A Deptford man who was supposed to deliver the mail is accused of dumping it instead.

"There's a walking trail here where three pallets of mail were discovered," said U.S. Postal Inspector Alex Sylvester.

32,000 pieces of bundled first class and bulk mail was dumped near playing fields in West Deptford.

It happened in May but the indictment was just handed up charging Robert Lyons of Wenonah with federal crime of desertion of mail.

Lyons worked for Total Mailing System, a company in West Deptford that processes mail for clients, shrink wraps it and delivers it to the regional postal facility in Bellmawr.

Most of the mail was recovered a day after it was dumped and Lyons was fired. He has been released on unsecured bond and ordered to get psychiatric help. He was also ordered to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

"The penalty would be up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine," said Sylvester.

According to the indictment, Lyons was upset about his personal life and consumed alcohol while performing his duties.

He allegedly planned to retrieve the mail and deliver it later.

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