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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008                                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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ALLEN MAN SENTENCED FOR FAKE POSTAGE SCHEME

SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 29-year-old Allen, Texas man has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for a counterfeit postage scheme in the Eastern District of Texas. 

VINCENT WING-SHING WONG pleaded guilty on February 26, 2008 to printing and using counterfeit postage meter stamps and was sentenced today by United States District Judge.  Wong was also ordered to pay $314,277.76 in restitution.

            According to information presented in court, beginning around January 2001 through November 2007, Wong printed counterfeit postage meter stamps and affixed them to packages which he mailed using the United States postal Service.  Wong used the counterfeit postage meter stamps mail items he sold on eBay and then used the money generated by these sales to buy more goods.  Wong admitted that he did not pay at least $314,277.00 for postage that he used.  Wong also admitted that due to the nature and circumstances surrounding his acquisition of the merchandise that he sold on eBay, he believes the merchandise was stolen.

            This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri L. Hagan.

 

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