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January 12, 2012

Hardin County Woman Sentenced for Using Stolen Credit Card

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 36-year-old Lumberton, Texas woman has been sentenced for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Melisa Corrine Kendrick pleaded guilty on May 11, 2011, to fraudulent use of an access device and was sentenced to 43 months in federal prison on Jan. 6, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Kendrick was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,068.78.

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.

              This case was 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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