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August 22, 2011

Nicole Marie Lance, 30, of Billings, Montana, was sentenced today in federal court in East St. Louis on six counts of mail theft, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. Lance was sentenced to 24 months’ in prison, three years’ supervised release, and a special assessment of $600.00. Lance was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,1812.99.

Lance was indicted in January, 2011, for stealing outgoing mail from residential mailboxes in O’Fallon, Fairview Heights, Belleville, and Lebanon, Illinois, from December 13 through 24, 2010. Lance took items of value from the mail, including checks that she altered to make payable to herself to present to money services for cash. On May 9, 2011, Lance plead guilty to six counts of mail theft. “People rightfully put a lot of faith in the United States mail. They can do this, in part, to the fact that even the smallest threats to the integrity of the mail are treated very seriously by the federal criminal justice system,” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “I hope that today’s sentence will act as a deterrent to others who would prey on our postal system.”

The investigation of the case was handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case was being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.



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