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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

San Antonio Trio Sentenced to Federal Prison for Mail Theft, Bank Fraud and Aggravated Indentity Theft Scheme

In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 35-year-old Miranda Davee to 29 months in federal prison for her role in mail theft, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. and United States Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez. 

In addition to the prison term, Chief United States District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered that Davee be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing her prison term. 

Davee is the final defendant to be convicted and sentenced to federal prison in this investigation.  On June 30, 2016, Judge Garcia sentenced 41–year-old Frederick Bockelman and 33–year-old Jacquelynne Cortez to 51 months and 45 months in federal prison, respectively.  Judge Garcia ordered that all three defendants joint and severally pay a total of $68,705.08 restitution.

Last year, all three defendants pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court records, the defendants schemed to steal checks and other items from U.S. Mail depositories in and around the San Antonio area beginning in November 2014.  Utilizing the stolen information, including bank checks, the defendants created, and subsequently used, fraudulent drivers’ licenses to negotiate fraudulent checks at various businesses in Bexar County.

“The Postal Inspection Service has sought those who steal mail for hundreds of years.  Postal Inspectors investigate a wide variety of crimes in our mission to protect the integrity of the U.S. Mail.  This investigation was an excellent example of a partnership between local and federal law enforcement agencies working together to bring down this conspiracy.  When criminals use the mail to defraud, Postal Inspectors will not hesitate to ensure they are brought to justice,” stated United States Postal Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez.

All three defendants have remained in federal custody since their arrests in June and July of last year

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service together with the Selma Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Tom Moore prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated July 14, 2016