DYKER HEIGHTS – A postal worker was arrested yesterday for allegedly collecting 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his car, locker, and apartment since 2005.
According to cops, 53-year-old Aleksey Germash was a United States Postal Service (USPS) veteran for 16 years. He was charged with delaying or detaining mail.
USPS questioned Germash after receiving a tip that there was a Nissan Pathfinder in Dyker Heights with over 20 blue bags of mail. According to the criminal complaint, he allegedly said he was “overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver, but made sure to deliver the important mail.”
Cops also say that he had 1,000 undelivered pieces of mail in his locker, 10,000 in his car, and 6,000 in his apartment.
“My office has seen an increase in mail delivery complaints compared so I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that this carrier caused at least some of it,” Council Member Justin Brannan told Bklyner. “I am calling on the United States Postal Service to fully investigate how this was allowed to go on for so long and to take steps to make sure it does not happen again.”
“That said, while the recent news is absolutely outrageous, I do want to remind people that the vast majority of mail carriers are good, hard-working people and by no means should they be vilified for the actions of one bad apple.”
It seems like delivering mail in Dyker Heights is no simple matter. In 2016, postal worker John Chen delivered a package to the wrong address on 12th Avenue, NY Daily reported, and got attacked by a dog.
Nor was this the first time a postal worker failed to deliver mail on a grand scale. In 2014, a Flatbush postal worker allegedly hoarded more than 40,000 pieces of mail spanning a decade. Just like Germash, he kept the mail in his car, locker, and apartment. The then 67-year-old Joseph Brucato was arrested after someone saw bundles of mail in his car.
Just last year, a postal worker stationed in East Flatbush and Bath Beach was arrested after allegedly tossing about 2,800 pieces of mail in a dumpster and his home. Nine bags of mail were trashed inside a dumpster in Crown Heights.
We reached out to USPS for comment and will update once we hear back.