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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Two Gulfport Men Sentenced To Prison For Theft Of Postal Service Equipment

Gulfport, Miss – John Wendell Boyles, 51, of Gulfport, and his son, Nicholas Alan Boyles, 24, also of Gulfport, were sentenced in federal court this week pursuant to their earlier plea of guilty to the charge of conspiracy to convert Postal Service property to their own use and unlawfully selling the property over a two-year period, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, and Inspector-in-Charge Robert B. Wemyss of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

From approximately February, 2011, to February, 2013, John Wendell Boyles and Nicholas Boyles devised a scheme to convert Postal Service equipment to their own use and sell the equipment for scrap metal. As a part of their scheme, the Boyles stole Over-The-Road (OTR) Containers, which are made primarily of aluminum, cut them apart and sold the pieces as scrap. OTR containers are used by the Postal Service to organize and carry mail on freight trucks between Post Offices and Postal Distribution Centers.

United States District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced John Wendell Boyles to 57 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Nicholas Alan Boyles was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Both were sentenced to pay restitution to the U.S. Postal Service in the amount of $2,739,842.00. Additionally, both defendants were ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $242,554.47.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Postal Inspector Doug Wilson was the lead investigator and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris was the prosecutor for the case. U.S. Attorney Davis commended the Postal Inspection Service for its diligent work in the investigation of this matter.

Updated January 12, 2015