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Mail carrier from Wahpeton admits to failing to deliver about 4 tons of mail

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WAHPETON, N.D. - A rural mail carrier from Wahpeton pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of delay and destruction of mail.

Allen Edward Prochnow, 62, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Fargo. He admitted to failing to deliver about 4 tons of mail, which was seized by federal agents when they searched his Wahpeton home April 3.

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At Wednesday's hearing, federal officials said they soon will start delivering about 3,000 pieces of first-class mail that were among the piles of undelivered mail.

Anyone who suffered a financial loss as a result of Prochnow's failure to deliver their mail should contact Julie Hough of the U.S. Attorney's Office at (888) 716-7395.

Prochnow, who underwent a mental evaluation, faces up to five years' imprisonment. He is scheduled to appear for sentencing March 18.

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