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Man Sentenced to over 7 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Mail Carrier in Rancho Cordova

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Juan Carlos Maldonado, 22, originally of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced today to seven years and three months in prison by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez for the armed robbery of a U.S. mail carrier, participation in a bank fraud scheme, and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2016, Maldonado and others followed a U.S. letter carrier in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood using a sport utility vehicle with its plates removed. They pulled alongside the postal truck and when the carrier stepped out to deliver mail, Maldonado wielded a pistol at the carrier and robbed him at gunpoint. During the robbery, Maldonado and his associates raided the postal truck, stealing over 800 items of U.S. Mail. Following the robbery, they rifled through the stolen mail for personal identification and financial information, which Maldonado used and provided to others for use to defraud financial institutions.

On June 30, 2016, Maldonado was arrested by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at the Red Hawk Casino while attempting to access proceeds from credit cards stolen during the robbery. Maldonado pleaded guilty to the charges on June 6, 2017.

San Francisco Division Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez stated: “Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners in law enforcement, Postal Inspectors arrested this individual for the armed robbery of a U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier. Protecting postal employees from harm is the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s top priority.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotic and Economic Crimes Investigations Task Force (NECI) with assistance from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, and the Rancho Cordova Police Department. NECI is a partnership between local and federal law enforcement to combat theft and unlawful use of the U.S. Mail. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office and Sutter County Sheriff’s Office have each dedicated law enforcement personnel to the task force. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

Updated September 12, 2017

Identity Theft
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2:16-cr-152 JAM