Ex Houston postal worker admits to mail theft

November 8, 2008 4:48:12 AM PST
A postal worker in Houston seen on security video using credit cards reported stolen from people on his route faces prison next year. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Prosecutors say 41-year-old now-former carrier Rodney Ervin of Humble pleaded guilty Friday to mail theft, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Ervin is free on bond, pending sentencing Jan. 30.

Ervin faces a maximum five-year term for mail theft, ten years for unauthorized use of the access device conviction and two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

Ervin, who had been a U.S. Postal Service carrier for nearly a decade, was indicted in July.

Federal investigators identified Ervin on video surveillance at stores including Target and Texaco, using the credit cards of three people on his route.

Prosecutor say Ervin fraudulently signed the legitimate customer's name to what amounted to more than $2,500 in bogus charges.

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