Bradenton Sisters Convicted Of Mail Theft Scheme
Tampa, FL - A federal jury yesterday found Milandar Thimogene (29, Bradenton) and Carline Jean (27, Bradenton) guilty of conspiracy to commit mail theft, destruction of letter mailboxes or mail, identity theft, and bank fraud. The sisters were also each convicted of one substantive count of mail theft.
Thimogene and Jean were indicted on August 11, 2011. They each face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each of the charges. The sentencing hearings are scheduled for September 14, 2012.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Thimogene and Jean were involved with each other, and other individuals, in stealing mail to obtain bank account and other personal identifying information, as well as gift cards. The mail was stolen from curbside and blue United States Post Office collection boxes. Thimogene and Jean impersonated account holders at various banking institutions, and attempted to cash fraudulent checks using banking and personal identification information stolen from the mail.
On October 26, 2010, Thimogene was apprehended by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office after fleeing and eluding from the police. In the vehicle that she was driving, deputies found 137 pieces of unopened mail that she and co-conspirators had just stolen from a Sarasota Post Office's blue collection box.
In December 2010, the Riverview Post Office's blue collection box was burglarized. A few days after the burglary, Jean was caught on video, at a Walmart in Bradenton, purchasing various items with gift cards. These gift cards were part of the mail stolen from the Riverview Post Office's blue collection box.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.