NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 2:56 PM
Federal agents busted two U.S. postal workers who are getting crossed off Santa’s list for being naughty, authorities said Tuesday.
Daniel Darby is charged with throwing out an estimated 1,000 pieces of mail in garbage bags in Ozone Park, Queens, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A second corrupt carrier, James Hayden, is charged with stealing giftcards over the past year from his route in Brooklyn.
U.S. Postal Service agents from the agency’s office of inspector general targeted both men after receiving complaints from the public.
Darby’s deed was uncovered Dec. 4 after three garbage bags stuffed with mail were discovered in a residential trash can on Darby’s route.
Darby folded like a cheap envelope under questioning and admitted that he was “overwhelmed by the quantity” of mail he was supposed to deliver on Dec. 2.
Darby described in detail to the agents that he purchased the garbage at a Stop and Shop supermarket in Howard Beach to get rid of the annoying mail.
But he also ‘fessed to ripping open a few envelopes to see what was inside, Special Agent Jennifer McInerney stated in the complaint.
After a Florida woman complained that her son in Red Hook did not receive a $ 100 Visa gift card for his birthday, Hayden was hauled in for questioning last week.
The feds said Hayden would steal the gift cards, then throw the card and envelope in the trash.
Agents confronted him with surveillance footage of him – in his postal uniform – shopping in stores in Red Hook and paying for the items with gift cards that he allegedly stole.
Hayden told investigators he had been stealing mail for about a year and was even carrying several stolen gift cards in his wallet at the grilling, Special Agent Jonathan Jominez stated in a separate complaint.
Hayden allegedly ordered some items and had them shipped to the Red Hook post office where he worked.
The complaint states that Hayden admitted stealing about 50 gift cards worth a total of $ 1,000. He targeted mail that he believed contained gift cards.
Both men will be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn Federal Court.