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Man Sentenced For Stealing Checks From Mail

April 18, 2018 GMT

A federal judge sentenced Michael Mejia, 21, to a time-served sentence of six months in jail and two years of supervised release for stealing thousands of dollars in checks from his victims’ mail. From May through August 2017, Mejia conspired to steal checks from mailboxes around Luzerne County, deposit the checks into accounts under the control of himself and his accomplices and then withdraw the funds as cash, said U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. U. S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo ordered Mejia to pay about $16,310 to his victims. Police encountered Mejia in October 2017 after a domestic dispute. According to arrest papers, police responding to the dispute at 155 West River St. found Mejia beating a woman. She said he strangled her, punched her and threw urine on her during the assault. When officers took him into custody, they learned Mejia had a federal warrant for his arrest from the U.S. Postal Service Inspector’s office and a felony arrest warrant for theft of government property incident originating out of New Jersey. — BILL WELLOCK