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Dayton man sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing checks from U.S. Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio – Keith Dujuan Calahan, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 24 months in prison for receiving and unlawfully possessing materials stolen from the U.S. Mail, including approximately 250 checks. Callahan intended to use the stolen mail matter to perpetrate more than $250,000 in fraud.

Local law enforcement began placing GPS tracking devices inside “dummy” packages in collection boxes outside the Dabel Post Office in Kettering, and, in May 2022, three such packages were stolen.

According to court documents, law enforcement tracked the GPS locations of the stolen packages and set up surveillance around an apartment complex Dayton. Three individuals were subsequently arrested, including Calahan. Calahan had two trash bags full of stolen mail matter, including two of the dummy packages.

While executing a search warrant at Calahan’s apartment, investigators discovered 250 stolen checks, nearly $1,700 in cash, a $1,000 money order and two firearms. Two weeks prior to his arrest, Calahan had fraudulently deposited a $6,100 check, which had been stolen from the U.S. Mail and altered to reflect a different payee.

Calahan pleaded guilty in February 2023 to receipt and possession of stolen mail.

“The theft of mail can be hugely disruptive to the lives of those whose private communications are stolen, opened, and exploited,” said United States Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “This sentence should be a warning to anyone tempted to break into a collection box in search of easy money that doing so comes with considerable consequences.”

Parker and Lesley C. Allison, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Pittsburgh Division; announced the judgment issued on July 13 by U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Painter is representing the United States in this case.

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Updated July 17, 2023

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