CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte man has been convicted of multiple crimes, including stealing mail from at least 1,300 people across North and South Carolina.
Erik Raymound Magana, 34, pleaded guilty on April 2 to mail theft and aggravated identity theft, according to a press release from United States Department of Justice. Magana was sentenced Tuesday to three and a half years in prison and pay $77,304 in restitution, the release said.
Court documents filed said, from at least 2016 until November 2018, Magana stole mail from residential mailboxes in neighborhoods in North and South Carolina, the DOJ release said.
He usually targeted affluent neighborhoods, and would steal mail in the middle of the night or before dawn to avoid detection, according to the DOJ release.
The mail was stolen from at least 1,300 victims and included personal and business checks and credit cards, the DOJ release said. He used those checks and credit cards to commit bank fraud and identity theft.
Some of the mail Magana stole was dumped at various locations in Charlotte, but he hoarded the majority of it in his apartment, the DOJ release said.
During Magana's sentencing hearing, it was revealed that the mail theft was the largest recovery of stolen mail conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in the Charlotte region in at least 15 years, according to the DOJ release.
Due to unsanitary conditions in Magana's apartment, some of the mail could not be properly identified or delivered to the intended recipients, the DOJ release said.
Magana is being held in federal custody and will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons once a federal facility is designated, the DOJ release said. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray thanked the USPIS, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and noted that the case was a result of the Charlotte Financial Crimes Task Force, which was formed in early 2016 and is made up of more than 25 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. in the Western District of North Carolina, the DOJ release said.
The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Caryn Finley of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte, the DOJ release said.