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Published on April 02, 2024
Houston Man Sentenced to Over 8 Years for Mail Theft and Bank Fraud SpreeSource: Google Street View

A 44-year-old Houston resident is facing a lengthy stint behind bars after a string of mail thefts and bank fraud convictions. Rhett Dean Stringer, was handed a sentence of 105 months in federal prison following his guilty plea this past February, as confirmed in a statement from U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani. In addition to his prison term, Stringer is required to serve five years of supervised release and cough up more than $7,900 in restitution.

According to a report by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks saw fit to give Stringer a substantial term, citing a career of criminality that included nine previous felony convictions. Judge Hanks remarked during sentencing that his decision was shaped by "the actions of the person he has been, not the person he can be."

Stringer was no stranger to law enforcement, having been arrested three separate times, each instance yielding evidence of checked stolen straight from the mail. His most recent arrest painted a picture of a serial fraudster caught with a trove of over 1,000 checks, amounting to a staggering sum in excess of $2.6 million. The thefts dug deep into the pockets of victims, with the actual bank losses from cashed checks nearing the $8,000 mark.

The investigation led by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service turned up, not just stolen checks but also counterfeit IDs and credit cards bearing other individuals’ names, all adorned with Stringer’s own photo. "One hundred and five months in a federal prison is wholly appropriate for the thousand times he decided to steal from the mail, violating an important and sacred trust," U.S. Attorney Hamdani emphasized in his address on the matter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Hileman was tasked with prosecuting this case that has now concluded with Stringer’s planned admission to federal prison. It’s a win for the Postal Inspection Service which has been actively working to maintain the integrity and trust in the U.S. mail—trust, that this case has shown, can be so easily exploited by those with nefarious intentions.