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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Decatur Woman Indicted for Fraudulently Using Credit Cards Stolen from Mail

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal grand jury today indicted a Decatur woman in connection to using a fraudulent credit card stolen from the mail, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Postal Inspector Frank Dyer.

A four-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges CASEY MICHELLE HARDIMAN, 31, with two counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of possessing stolen mail.

According to the indictment, Hardiman committed wire fraud when she used a stolen credit card on April 7 and April 8 at two Huntsville stores. Hardiman also committed aggravated identity theft by using the stolen card, according to the indictment.

Between April 7 and April 10, Hardiman possessed more than 200 letters and items of mail that had been stolen from numerous mailboxes in Madison County, the indictment charges.

The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence, which must be served consecutively to any other sentenced imposed for the crime. Theft of U.S. mail carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Huntsville, Madison and Decatur police departments investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Davis Barlow is prosecuting.

An indictment contains charges. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Updated July 30, 2015