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Reno Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing Mail

March 19, 2004

Reno, Nev. -  A man, who along with an accomplice, broke into numerous post office boxes at apartment complexes in Reno during April 2003, was sentenced today by United States District Judge David Hagen to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $10,700 in restitution for his guilty plea to Theft of Mail Matter and Aiding and Abetting, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

According to the court records, between April 23 and April 30, 2003, VINCENT OUTLEY, age 29, of Reno, and TERESA L. DAVIS, age 20, of Reno, broke into and stole mail from numerous post office boxes located at apartment complexes in Reno. OUTLEY and DAVIS then altered checks they found in the stolen mail so that DAVIS was the payee, and DAVIS then cashed the altered and blank checks at various businesses in the Reno-Sparks area. Customers who rented the mail boxes reported losses in excess of $10,000.

OUTLEY and DAVIS were indicted in United States District Court on June 4, 2003, and charged with two counts of Theft of Mail Matter and Aiding and Abetting. OUTLEY pleaded guilty on December 22, 2003, and DAVIS pleaded guilty to Theft of Mail Matter on March 5, 2004. DAVIS' sentencing is set for June 7, 2004, before Judge Hagen.

OUTLEY was also ordered to serve his federal sentence consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving for Burglary and Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, imposed by the Second Judicial District Court for Washoe County, and he must serve three years of supervised release following his release from federal prison.

This case is being investigated by Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Reno, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald C. Rachow.

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