PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The last of 3 people was sentenced in US Federal Court Wednesday in what prosecutors said was an “egregious” case of mail theft.
Miranda Lee Foster was sentenced last Wednesday. Shannon Jeane James received a 1.5 year prison sentence in July, and Dustin Allen Connors received three years of supervised released in September.
They were indicted in February 2016 when prosecutors alleged they conspired to steal mail beginning in September 2014.
The government claimed the 3 were accessing mailboxes and mail receptacles in 2014 in Corbett and other locations to steal mail with credit cards and other personal information. With that information in hand, they would make purchases using stolen credit cards, according to the government.
Government officials estimate the conspirators racked up $17,863 in fraudulent purchases using one bank card. Records show that an additional $32,365 in fraudulent purchases were made using a separate account.
Prosecutors allege some of the purchases were made at Domino’s Pizza, 7-Eleven, Safeway, K-Mart, and Marshalls.
Connors was the first to accept a plea deal after being convicted of conspiracy to commit mail theft. He was also ordered to pay back $3,265.
In court documents, federal prosecutors wrote, “while the nature and circumstances are egregious, Connors played a minor role relative the roles played by [his] two coconspirators, both in terms of the theft of mail and use of the stolen cards.”
U.S. Postal Service Inspector and Public Information Officer Adam Sale said in a prepared statement, “this sentencing marks the conclusion of a lengthy identity theft and mail theft investigation that victimized 119 individuals.”
Anthony Galetti, the Inspector in Charge of the Seattle Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said in a statement, “The sentence handed down in this case will send a clear message to mail thieves that you will be caught, and you will be prosecuted.”
When James is let out of prison, she will be on supervised released for 3 years. She, too, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail theft. James will have to repay $17,863.