NEW ORLEANS MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF MAIL AND BANK FRAUD
GREGORY HERNANDEZ, age 55, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today in a bill of information with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of theft of mail, and two counts of possession of stolen mail, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the Bill of Information, from approximately December, 2001 until approximately July, 27, 2010, HERNANDEZ participated in a conspiracy to defraud a number of financial institutions in the New Orleans area. The Bill alleges that the defendant would steal personal and business checks from the U. S. Mails. It is further alleged that in order to carry out the conspiracy, he would alter the check amounts and payee names on the stolen checks, and pay his co-conspirators to cash the checks.
If convicted, HERNANDEZ faces a possible maximum sentence of thirty (30) years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, together with the New Orleans Police Department and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Peter M. Thomson.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org