A Seattle man was sentenced today to 44 months in federal prison for breaking into dozens of mailboxes and using the information he found to steal identities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wilfredo Bermudez, 40, was arrested last November after stealing from mailboxes in King, Pierce and Thurston counties over a span of 13 months, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Bermudez cashed or attempted to cash checks from 27 different victims, including a church, for a loss of nearly $80,000. After stealing the mail, he would alter the payees and the amounts on stolen checks and cash them at various banks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Sometimes Bermudez made the checks payable to his own name, and on other occasions he used a stolen driver’s license and forged checks made payable to the stolen identity.
In asking for a sentence of more than four years in prison, federal prosecutors said the thefts disrupted the lives of many victims, forcing them to make time-consuming changes to accounts, cancel vacations and change the ways in which they use the mails, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Bermudez had two prior convictions for identity theft.