Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

NYC Postman Was a Real-Life 'Newman' Who Hoarded Mail: Officials

 / Updated 
Wayne Knight Plays Newman in "Seinfeld"
Wayne Knight Plays Newman in "Seinfeld"NBC

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

A New York City postman allegedly hoarded more than 40,000 pieces of mail over nearly a decade — in a real-life re-run of a "Seinfeld" episode. Joseph Brucato is charged in a criminal complaint with piling up the mail at his home, work locker and car, just like the mail carrier Newman in the sitcom. After a supervisor noticed the mail in Brucato's vehicle, the 67-year-old was arrested and released on his own recognizance with an order to "abstain from excessive alcohol consumption" and undergo a mental health evaluation. Brucato, whose route was in Brooklyn's Flatbush section, told investigators he didn't deliver the mail for "various personal reasons," according to court documents. Brucato's public defender declined comment.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
Image: Undated handout picture of mail that a New York City mailman allegedly stashed away in his home and car
Pieces of mail that a New York City mailman allegedly stashed away in his home and car over nearly a decade are seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Attorney's office in New York September 26, 2014.HANDOUT / Reuters
— Tracy Connor

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news