Upstate Residents Plead Guilty to Mail Theft Conspiracy
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Contact Person: Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Nerissa A. Orr, age 42, of Simpsonville, and Craig A, Mann, age 21, of Greenville, pled guilty today in federal court in Greenville, to a conspiracy to commit mail theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, of Charleston, accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the defendants stole mail in and around Greenville County in an effort to obtain bank account numbers, routing numbers, and identification information. Once in possession of this material they would create counterfeit checks and negotiate them to obtain money for methamphetamine.
On June 10, 2016, a search warrant was executed in connection with this investigation at the Greenville home of co-conspirator Cary L. Wright, age 38, who has already been sentenced to 51 months in the Bureau of Prisons for his participation in the offense. Items recovered from the residence included, but was not limited to, numerous pieces of mail belonging to others, checks stolen from the mail, financial transaction cards, blank check stock, counterfeit checks, and a computer used for check counterfeiting. Many of the counterfeit checks were made out to Mann and Orr, but had yet to be negotiated.
Ms. Drake stated the maximum penalty defendants can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 5 years, plus a special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by agents of the Greenville City Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.
Updated April 25, 2017