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May 09, 2011

Beaumont Man Guilty in Mail Theft Scheme

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 59-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Webster Louis Winters pleaded guilty to possessing stolen mail today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 5, 2007, Winters was arrested by Beaumont Police as he attempted to pass a forged and stolen check in the amount of $2,400 at Mid South Bank on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.  An investigation revealed that in August and September of 2007, Winters and at least two other individuals stole mail, including checks, from mailboxes in the Beaumont area, which they then attempted to forge or pass.  Winters was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 27, 2011 and charged with federal violations.

Winters faces up to five 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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