United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Man Sentenced To More Than Four Years In Prison For Conspiring To Commit Postal Crimes
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, May 07, 2012
Docket #: 1:11-cr-00379-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced John Vang, 30, of Fresno, to four years and three months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess counterfeit postal keys, stolen mail and postal locks. Vang received an enhanced sentence for his role as the leader of the conspiracy.
According to court documents, between May and September 2011, Vang and his co‑conspirators possessed mail that had been stolen from community mail boxes in the Fresno area. On July 6, 2011, Vang was in possession of stolen mail addressed to more than 200 unique victims. On August 28, 2011, he was in possession of stolen mail addressed to more than 25 unique victims, and on September 8, 2011, he was in possession of stolen mail addressed to more than 250 unique victims. In addition, Vang was found to be in possession of postal locks belonging to the U.S. Postal Service and counterfeit handmade postal keys suited to opening community mail boxes.
On April 30, 2012, co-conspirator Travis Chieng was sentenced to four months in prison for his participation in the conspiracy. Jerry Jay Her and Xiong Vang have pled guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ishii on May 21, 2012.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by United States Postal Inspection Service, the Fresno Police Department, and the Fresno District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case.