June 19, 2013
A 27-year-old woman was arrested in Camarillo on suspicion that she stole mail from a mailbox in front of a Moorpark post office.
The investigation into the alleged crime began in early April after Moorpark police received a report that a mailbox had been forced open and some 30 pieces of mail had been taken. At the time of the theft, investigators had asked customers to check for any suspicious activity that may crop up with their bank accounts in the future.
A few days after the alleged crime, a resident reported that somebody had tried to access his bank account. That report and the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a suspect by Camarillo deputies. She was charged with committing burglary and forgery.
The suspect was booked into Ventura County Jail and her bail was set at $20,000.
Stealing mail is a federal crime covered under Section 1708 of Title 18 of the United States Code. California Penal Code 530.5(e) also addresses this, stating that a person who willfully obtains personal identifying information of another person for the purpose of using that information to obtain, or attempt to obtain credit, goods, services, real property, or medical information is guilty of a public offense. A suspect who is found guilty of mail theft is subject to a fine, a prison sentence of not more than one year in county jail, or both.
California Penal Code 470 prohibits forgery, which not only covers falsely signing another person's name, but also covers creating a new, false document for personal benefit or gain. Forgery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
The experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann know there are many effective strategies that can be implemented to defend against charges of mail theft, forgery and burglary. We realize that a conviction on any one of these charges can seriously impact your life and your future. That's why our attorneys are committed to providing a sure-handed defense in your case to see that you get the best outcome possible.
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