Archive for Friday, December 20, 2013

Basehor man indicted on mail destruction charge

December 20, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

Updated: December 20, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

A 2011 Basehor-Linwood High School graduate faces charges of destroying mail while in August working for the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced this week.

Jayce A. Rymer, 20, of Basehor, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 if convicted. The incident, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, is alleged to have occurred Aug. 14 in Johnson County.

According to John Masters, an assistant special agent with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, an investigation began after the office received information that mail had been found in a trash receptacle at an apartment complex in Overland Park. The mail was recovered on Aug. 14 and included unopened First-Class mail as well as periodical and standard mail, Masters said in an email. The destruction or delay of mail violates federal law.

“The USPS OIG considers the allegation of delaying or destruction of any U.S. Mail by any Postal Service employee to be a very serious issue,” Masters said. “When allegations of this nature are made, the USPS OIG vigorously investigates those allegations, as we did in this instance.”

The Office of Inspector General presented its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in August after identifying a “person of interest,” Masters said. Masters would not disclose information on administrative action taken against Rymer.

Rymer played varsity baseball and football at BLHS. Attempts to reach Rymer this week electronically and attempts to reach his family, who live in Basehor, were not returned this week.

According to a engagement announcement published this week in the Lawrence Journal-World, Rymer is employed in at a garage door company in Lawrence.

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