United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Commit Postal Crimes
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Docket #: 1:12-cr-00078-LJO-SKO
FRESNO, Calif. — Scott Anthony Pedro, of Fresno, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to commit postal crimes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Pedro conspired with two other individuals to possess counterfeit postal keys and stolen mail. Law enforcement officers found Pedro on September 23, 2011 with stolen mail containing checks, access devices and personal identification information belonging to more than 50 individuals. Pedro was also in possession of counterfeit postal keys suited to open depositories for U.S. Postal mail.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Fresno Police Department, and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case. This case was brought as part of a joint-initiative led by the United States Attorney’s Office to combat identity theft crimes in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Co-defendant Dang Vang pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on October 1, 2012; co-defendant Bee Jay Vang pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 15, 2012. Scott Anthony Pedro is scheduled to be sentenced on November 26, 2012. The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy is five years and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.