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ANGELA DODGE

Dec. 7, 2012

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Former Missouri City Mail Carrier Convicted of Theft of Mail

HOUSTON - Anthony Johnson, 42, of Missouri City, has entered a plea of guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

During his plea, Johnson admitted that since 2009, he had been removing debit cards and bank correspondence containing pin numbers for the cards from the mail of customers on his route. Once he activated the cards, Johnson would then travel to an ATM machine close to his home and withdraw money from the bank customers’ accounts. Johnson was apprehended on Oct. 31, 2011, by agents of the United States Postal Service - Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG) after he attempted to utilize one of the stolen cards. After his arrest, Johnson admitted his theft to investigators.

In court, Johnson admitted that the total amount of money which he had stolen over the three-year period identified by investigators was $8,090.
           
Johnson is scheduled for sentencing on March 1, 2013, at which time he faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum  $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by USPS-OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard D. Hanes is prosecuting the case.