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

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.

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.