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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mobile County Man Receives 54 Month Sentence and Must Pay $2,108.62 in Restitution for Two Aggravated Identity Theft Convictions and a Wire Fraud Conviction

The United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that Joshua Roberts, a 38 year old, resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to six months for a wire fraud conviction followed by consecutive two year sentences for two aggravated identity theft convictions, totaling 54 months of incarceration.  Roberts was ordered to repay defrauded businesses $2,108.62 in restitution.

Starting in January 2015 and continuing for 35 days, Roberts and co-defendant, Marcella Watkins stole large amounts of mail from area apartment complexes, pillaged through it and found credit cards and personal checks of several citizens.  They then victimized those citizens by using their financial information to fraudulently buy goods online totaling approximately $2108.62.  Roberts also used the identities of the victims and their checking account to purchase additional items for his personal use and enjoyment.  Roberts pled guilty to the three charges on December 14, 2017.
The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated the case and presented it to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case was Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.

Updated March 27, 2018