Topic: mail theft
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September 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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.
February 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM
A lot of stolen mail: A man in Port Townsend has been arrested in connection with the theft of 1,000 pounds of mail — allegedly for making fake IDs, passing bogus checks and the like, according to The Kitsap Sun. We’re not talking about 1,000 pieces of mail. That’s 1,000 pounds. Folks and retailers in the area have been made aware that credit cards and checks might have been compromised.
Yes, Virginia, the rich do get richer … Times sports columnist Jerry Brewer writes today about Felix Hernandez’s surprise and heartfelt gratitude yesterday as he stepped off an elevator at Safeco Field to a celebratory Mariners staff. Their glee, of course, is that Hernandez has signed a new contract for $175 million and will stay with the struggling Mariners. Best line in Brewers’ column on the mood at the gathering?
“Have you ever been happier to see a rich person get richer?”
Say that again? Here’s a headline you don’t often hear in the city: “Are you missing a chicken?” The Phinneywood.com blog has the story.
Should he have resigned? Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland will resign his position next month after news was published of his troubles during three years in office, including misuse of his Port credit cards, personal financial problems and tense relationships with Port staff and colleagues. His decision comes just a few days after a Seattle Times story about his troubles. Do you think Holland’s decision to resign was the right thing to do? Vote in our poll.
Them Dawgs: Yep, the UW men’s hoops troop loses another one… Oregon adds to Huskies’ string of woes
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December 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM
The theft of mail from a Bainbridge Island postal drop box has prompted a warning from police.
At about 5 this morning, officials at the Bainbridge Island Post Office reported extensive damage to the Bjune Drive postal drop box as well as the theft of mail. The box contained mail dropped off after 3:15 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
Postal customers who used the box to deposit sensitive mail, including credit card bills, tax information or any other confidential information, should take steps to secure their accounts, police said.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Bainbridge Island Police Department at 206-842-5211.
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