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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2011

Port Arthur Woman Guilty of Using Stolen Credit Card

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 36-year-old Port Arthur, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Melisa Corrine Kendrick pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of an access device today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 8, 2007, Kendrick was arrested by Beaumont Police near the Hampton Inn in Beaumont, where she had been residing.  A search of her room at the Hampton Inn revealed numerous items of mail, drug paraphernalia, and stolen checks in the name of another person.  An investigation revealed that in August and September of 2007, Kendrick and at least two other individuals stole mail, including checks, from mailboxes in the Beaumont area, which they then attempted to forge or pass.  Kendrick admitted to using a credit card from a purse stolen from a shopping cart.  Kendrick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 27, 2011 and charged with federal violations.

Kendrick faces up to 15 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

              This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

 

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