A 34-year-old Las Vegas man recently pled guilty in federal court to aggravated identity theft. The former postal worker was accused of stealing information from 12 different people between May and July 2011. That’s when he was employed at a post office here in Las Vegas as a mail sorter.
The defendant was said to have taken personal information relating to credit and debit cards. He then used this information to access bank accounts and purchase other items with. As a result of his actions, the man was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was also ordered to pay $5,951 in restitution to his victims. He is currently free on bond and was ordered to self-report to federal prison no later than June 7, 2013.
It’s not sure what tipped investigators off as to the man’s behavior, or if his actions had anything to do with his relatively short employment history with the U.S. Postal Service. Postal service inspectors are credited with conducting the investigation, which was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
This case goes to show how easy it can be for someone to obtain financial information from another. Those who are concerned about their private information falling into the wrong hands should consider paperless statements and arrange to pick up credit or debit cards in person rather than having them sent via U.S. mail. Locking mailboxes can also be used to prevent the theft of mail from private residences.