Woman arrested after mailbox break-ins

June 5, 2009 2:21:33 PM PDT
A Houston woman is facing serious charges after a series of mailbox break-ins in southwest Houston. Gwendolyn Cheree Jackson, 30, of Houston was arrested Thursday and is charged with three counts of possession of stolen mail and one count each of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. An investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service led authorities to Jackson after the mailbox break-ins at an apartment complex on Fondren between December of 2007 and May of 2008.

Investigators recovered a large amount of stolen mail, including an IRS stimulus check mailing envelope, various checkbooks, canceled checks, credit card applications, a birth certificate, a Social Security Card and other mail from banks.

Postal investigators say the alleged thefts affected 150 people and is linked to approximately $6,400 in losses as of April of 2009.

Each of the three theft of mail charges carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

Jackson is also accused of unlawfully using banking access devices stolen from the mail and aggravated identity theft. A conviction for access device fraud carries a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory minimum two-year-term of imprisonment which must be served consecutive to any prison term imposed for any other counts of conviction.

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