United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Oroville Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Possession of Stolen U.S. Mail
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that United States District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Laura Lee Elizabeth Gregory, 28, of Oroville, today to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for bank fraud and possession of stolen U.S. Mail.
This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service with the cooperation of the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted this case.
According to court documents, Gregory, acting with others, staked out U.S. Postal Service customer mail boxes in Sacramento County in order to steal certain items of U.S. mail. Using information from the stolen mail, Gregory applied for credit cards and used them to purchase goods and services. On June 29, 2010, when Gregory's Sacramento residence was searched by federal agents, she and others were in possession of more than 500 items of stolen U.S. mail in the names of more than 350 different individuals.
In sentencing, Judge Mendez observed that the number of victims in this case was significant.
In a related case, Gregory's husband, Melvin Lee Gregory, 28, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty on July 19, 2011 to two counts of aggravated identity theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mendez on December 13, 2011.
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