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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Raleigh Man Indicted on Mail and Wire Fraud Charges

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a twelve-count indictment charging BILL BAEZ, JR., age 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, with six counts of Mail Fraud and six counts of Wire Fraud. 

The indictment alleges that beginning in or around October 2017, and continuing until in or around January 2018, BAEZ engaged in a scheme to defraud his employer by stealing over $40,000 worth of its medical equipment and selling the items on eBay for his own profit.  BAEZ mailed the stolen medical equipment to his buyers via the United States Postal Service.  When law enforcement arrested BAEZ on January 30, 2018, they recovered several pieces of stolen medical equipment.  Some of those items had been packaged for mailing.          

If convicted of all counts, BAEZ could face a maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.     

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and local law enforcement.

Updated July 25, 2018