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Austin Main Sentenced to Federal Prison for Felon in Possession and Fraud Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In Austin today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sentenced 28–year–old Austin resident Douglas Ryan Dahl to 51 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud using information obtained from stolen mail, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Houston Division.  Dahl also was ordered to pay $3,559.78 in restitution.

According to court documents, between about January 1, and December 25, 2018, Dahl conspired with others to obtain money and goods through fraudulent use of stolen and fraudulently obtained PII.  Dahl obtained mail stolen by other individuals who pried open mail receptacles in the Austin, Texas area.  Dahl was found with thousands of pieces of mail from hundreds of different victims. With a laptop and laser printer, Dahl used the personally identifying information taken from the victims of the stolen mail to create fake, temporary driver’s licenses bearing Dahl’s photograph.  Dahl was found driving a 2014 Ford Taurus in December 2018 that he purchased after obtaining $25,000 in financing using stolen personal identification information.  A temporary Texas Driver’s License was found in the car in the victim’s name but bearing Dahl’s photo.  At the time, Dahl, a convicted felon, possessed a Glock Model 19 9mm handgun and a Remington 12 gauge shotgun.

The U. S. Secret Service, U. S. Postal Inspection Service, and Task Force Officers with the Austin Police Department conducted this investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Galdo prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government. 

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Updated August 29, 2019

Topic
Firearms Offenses