This week, it was announced that 27-year-old Billee Vang had been sentenced to prison for his involvement in stealing and deconstructing United States Postal Service locks to reverse engineer keys and steal mail, identities and defraud financial institutions. The defendant was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. The defendant and his co-defendant, 28-year-old Dang Vue, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, theft of stolen U.S. mail, unlawful possession of at least five identification documents for fraudulent purposes, and stealing and reproducing postal service locks and keys on November 17, 2017.
Court documents show that between January 13, 2017 and May 12, 2017, the defendants stole mail throughout the Placer and Sacramento Countries. They stole locks and used them to reverse engineer keys. Ultimately, this allowed them to open mailbox units throughout the neighborhood and steal mail. The defendants used the stolen mail to take over victim bank and credit accounts. They also used and attempted to use credit and debit cards and checks stolen from the victims. Vue was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on April 27, 2018.
Additional details have been made available here.