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Spartanburg Man Sentenced to 59 Months for Mail Theft Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2013

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jimmain E. Hawes, age 35, of Spartanburg, was sentenced today in federal court in Anderson, for conspiracy, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  Senior United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. of Anderson sentenced Hawes to 59 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims of his offense.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Hawes was the leader of a mail theft and check counterfeiting ring.  Hawes stole mail from residential mail boxes and used the personal information and account identifiers to make counterfeit business checks.  Hawes then recruited various individuals to pass the checks throughout the upstate of South Carolina.  Hawes and his co-conspirators attempted to pass over $30,000 in counterfeit checks before they were apprehended. 

The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

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