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3 sentenced in mail-fraud scheme

A federal judge sentenced the latest of eight defendants Thursday in a mail and identity theft ring that stole more than $340,000 worth of checks from residential mailboxes in Northwest Washington and two downtown law firms from 2007 until April 2008.

Lisa Davis, also known as Lisa Davis Locke, 45, of the 1800 block of Second Street NW, and Terry Locke, 40, of the 800 block of Euclid Street NW were sentenced to five and three years in prison, respectively, by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates of the District.

Alicia Davis, 23, of the 1800 block of Second Street NW, received probation, said U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Daniel S. Cortez, inspector-in-charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Washington division.

Authorities said that under Davis’s direction, suspects stole mail from more than 50 recipients to find checks and information such as Social Security numbers. Targets included the Venable and Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal law firms.

— Spencer H. Hsu

By Washington Post Editors  | September 24, 2010; 1:46 AM ET
Categories:  Cons & Scams, From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, and stealing mail is, according to everyone except the USPS, one of the most common ways criminals obtain your personal information. To prevent identity theft, use a high security locking mailbox that can't be easily violated like the Mail Boss. You don't just throw your bank account statements and credit card offers in the trash to prevent dumpster diving, so why would you leave them in your mailbox for anyone to steal?

Posted by: JennyDB | September 28, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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