Miami Resident Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme Involving Theft of Mail from Apartment Complex Mailboxes
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Ronald J. Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, announce that Rodelyn Lamour, 26, of Miami, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, one count of possession of a Postal Service key, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1704, one count of mail theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1708, one count of use of unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). Sentencing is scheduled for July 17, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King.
According to the stipulated statement of facts executed by the parties, from August 2013 to January 2014, Lamour and co-conspirator, Nestor Herrera, conspired to steal mail from various apartment complexes in Miami-Dade County. On various occasions, Herrera acted as a lookout while Lamour used a stolen Postal Service key to open apartment complex cluster mailboxes and steal mail. After stealing mail that contained debit cards, Lamour used the debit cards to make cash withdrawals at various banks, to buy United States Postal Money Orders, and to conduct wire transfers via money gram. The seventeen debit cards he used during a one-year period contained $45,729.17 in fraudulent tax refunds. Lamour knew the debit cards belonged to real people who did not authorize him to use their debit cards.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and USPIS. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa Snyder.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.