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THURSDAY - January 10, 2008

DURHAM MAN SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS FOR MAIL FRAUD

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced LEROY SINGLETON, 49, of, Durham, North Carolina, to 70 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, and imposed restitution in the amount of $447,916.32.

A Criminal Information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office on July 11, 2007, charged SINGLETON with mail fraud. SINGLETON pled guilty to the charge on August 7, 2007.

From approximately November, 1996, to approximately February, 2007, SINGLETON used approximately 53 fictitious names and 35 fictitious bookstore names to open accounts with multiple publishing companies by contacting the publishing companies and requesting a credit application be faxed to him. Upon receipt of the application, SINGLETON would complete and submit, via facsimile, the credit application along with a book order using fictitious names and fictitious bookstore names. SINGLETON knew from previous experience that publishing companies have a company policy where a certain amount of books can be shipped on credit within 24-hours until the credit application is reviewed for approval. SINGLETON would request next-day delivery of books to be shipped to various mailboxes and storage units, which were usually opened using fictitious names. Upon receipt of the books, the defendant would sell the books, oftentimes, at a flea market, and use the money for his own personal use. During the course of the scheme, the publishing companies mailed $447,917.00 worth of books and other items to SINGLETON for which he failed to pay.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening was prosecution for the government.

 

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