NEW ORLEANS MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STEALING CHECKS FROM MAILBOXES AND BANK FRAUD
GREGORY HERNANDEZ, age 56, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court to 65 months in prison by the U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. after pleading guilty this summer to a five-count bill of information for theft of mail, possession of stolen mail and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the court documents, from approximately December 2007 through July 2010, HERNANDEZ stole personal and business checks belonging to other individuals from U. S. Postal Service mailboxes in New Orleans. HERNANDEZ fraudulently altered and forged the dollar values inscribed on the stolen checks, together with the names of the legitimate “payees,” replacing them with the names of his accomplices. The checks were then cashed at banks in the surrounding parishes. As part of his sentence, HERNANDEZ was ordered to repay area banks a total of $46, 430.08. Upon his release from imprisonment, HERNANDEZ will be supervised by the United States Probation Office for a term of five (5) years.
HERNANDEZ’s conviction marks his third for possession of stolen mail in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was previously convicted in 1991 and 1999 for possession of stolen mail. His sentence marks an upward variance from the sentence recommended by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, together with the New Orleans Police Department and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
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