Hillside Mail Thief Sentenced to 21 Months in Jail
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced today in federal court to 21 months in prison for mail theft and credit card fraud.
Evan Mullen, 28, resident of Anchorage, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, who also ordered Mullen to pay full restitution.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, who prosecuted the case, that starting in December 2015, Mullen repeatedly stole mail from mailboxes of residents living in an Anchorage Hillside neighborhood. Mullen was specifically looking for credit cards but he also stole packages from these mailboxes and threw other opened mail on the ground. Mullen took the stolen credit cards and purchased gift cards and merchandise. Mullen continued this conduct up until the day before his arrest in February 2016. There were more than 10 victims of Mullen’s crimes including those who had their mail stolen and banks who absorbed the loss from the stolen credit cards. Efforts by the victims in the Hillside neighborhood to identify Mullen were extremely valuable to law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
At sentencing, Judge Gleason noted the seriousness of the violation of the victims’ privacy when Mullen ransacked their private mail.
U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation of this case.