Bank robberies, car theft, cyber crime and others are not uncommon but have you ever heard of someone accused of stealing United States Postal Service postal stamps?

A Springfield, Massachusetts man, according to a United States Attorney's Office press release, allegedly used fraudulent checks to purchase a total of $30,000 worth of postal stamps. These incidents took place over the course of 2 days in Central New York in August of 2023.

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United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service announced that 32-year-old William Soto of Springfield, MA. was arraigned Thursday March 28, 2024 on a federal indictment charging him with twelve counts of theft of government property.

William Soto allegedly used fraudulent checks to purchase more than $30,000 worth of United States Postal Service postage stamps in Oneida County, Oswego County, and Onondaga County.

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According to Saland Law, in New York State, if a person altered a check or the person possesses a fake check, those are Class D felonies for the forgery in the second degree or the criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. If found guilty of these crimes the criminal could face between two and seven years in prison.

The charges filed against Soto carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. The investigation of this case is ongoing.

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