A Greenville man was sentenced to one year in prison on Thursday as a part of a mail theft and counterfeit check case.
United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Harlan Benji Lanning, 33, was sentenced in an Anderson federal court for possession of stolen mail.
In July 2011, Greenville County deputies were called to the Li'l Cricket on White Horse Road because an employee said Lanning had been sitting in his car parked at the pumps for 45 minutes, Nettles said.
Deputies said they found extensive damage to the front of Lanning's car and noticed mail strewn about the inside of the car. Deputies said Lanning appeared disoriented when they knocked on his window.
As they investigated, Nettles said they learned the mail was stolen and Lanning was using the mail to create counterfeit checks.
A federal judge sentenced Lanning to 12 months in prison and he must pay restitution to his victims.
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