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Abingdon Man Sentenced for Stealing Mail and Bank Fraud

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

ABINGDON, Va.  – An Abingdon, Virginia man, who stole hundreds of pieces of mail from over 100 different addresses in the Abingdon area, including a check he altered and cashed at a local bank, was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison.

Bradley Alan Wolfe, 38, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to one count of possession of stolen mail and one count of bank fraud.

Wolfe admitted stealing mail from residential mailboxes in the Abingdon, Meadowview, Glade Spring, and Chilhowie areas from March through September of 2021. Items taken included multiple packages, cash, a United States passport, diabetes medication, and multiple checks worth thousands of dollars.  In one instance, Wolfe altered a stolen check by replacing the payee’s name with his own and then cashed it at Eastman Credit Union in Abingdon for $4,890.

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Greg L. Torbenson, Acting Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Washington Division, made the announcement.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Postal Inspection Service investigated the case, with assistance provided by the United States Marshals Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena L. Busscher prosecuted the case.

Updated May 9, 2022