Former Postal Employee Charged with Delay of U.S. Mail

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CHRISTOPHER WASHINGTON, age 28, of Houma, was charged on November 19, 2021 in a one-count indictment with delay of U.S. Mail matter by postal employee, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ‘ 1703(a).

According to the indictment, on or about June 2021, it is alleged that WASHINGTON delayed U.S. mail, which was intended to be conveyed by mail.

If convicted, WASHINGTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or the greater of twice the gross gain to defendant or loss to victim, up to three (3) years supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Carter Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.