A curb-side mailbox for the United States Postal Service is shown on a city street. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Thirteen people pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit mail theft after prosecutors said they stole mail from boxes across the Upstate.
Prosecutors said evidence at a hearing in federal court showed that between May 2011 and December 2012, the group stole mail, altered checks that were in the stolen mail and made fake checks based on personal information obtained from the stolen mail.
Officials said people were then recruited to open bank accounts into which counterfeit checks were deposited. They said the funds were then withdrawn before the fraud was detected.
More than $900,000 was stolen during the scheme, according to prosecutors.
Those who pleaded guilty were 35-year-old Tasha Rendon, of Gaffney; 33-year-old Lora Berry, of Gaffney; 37-year-old Jennifer Kingrey, of Moore; 33-year-old Paula Huskey, of Gaffney; 33-year-old Stacey McCrary, of Inman; 24-year-old Kasie Tessnear, of Spartanburg; 33-year-old Randall Cantrell, of Spartanburg; 36-year-old Curtis Sewell, of Moore; 25-year-old Justin Mullinax, of Gaffney; 25-year-old Lisa Mullinax, of Gaffney; 38-year-old Christopher Richardson, of Blacksburg and 40-year-old Aaron Williams, of Roebuck.
All 13 will be sentenced later. All face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.
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