Former Mail Carrier and Co-Conspirator Sentenced to Federal Prison for stolen mail
INDIANAPOLIS- AUGUST 12, 2023- Robenson Fenelon, 31, and Squille Traxler, 30, of Indianapolis, have been sentenced to 54 months (4.5 years) and 15 months, respectively, in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and theft of stolen mail. Fenelon additionally plead guilty to aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, from at least January 2019 through December 2020, Fenelon and Traxler conspired with mail carriers in a scheme to steal the identities of at least fifty victims in Fishers and Indianapolis and used that information to defraud financial institutions of a total of $244,222.93.
At the time of the offenses, Traxler was employed as a Mail Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. Fenelon recruited Traxler to assist in identifying potential identity theft targets. Fenelon and Traxler used Traxler’s access to the mail to obtain the targets’ identity information, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and bank account numbers. Fenelon then used that information to access and take over the victims’ bank accounts or to open new bank accounts in the victims’ names.
Fenelon contacted the victims’ banks, purporting to the victims or their relatives, and requested a new debit or credit card for the victim’s account. For the newly established accounts, Fenelon applied online or over the phone for new accounts and credit cards. Fenlon and Traxler then stole the credit cards from the victims’ mail. Fenelon and Traxler used the cards to withdraw cash and make personal purchases. They stole checks from the mail and deposited them into the bank accounts they controlled.
“Fraud schemes using stolen mail cause significant hardship to innocent victims and undermine trust in a vital government service,” said United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “Fraudsters must be held accountable, especially those criminals who abuse the public’s trust in service of their own greed. We will continue to work diligently with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General to ensure that those who steal from the public pay a significant price.”
“Protecting the U.S. Mail and our customers is the core mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Postal Inspectors worked aggressively on this case to track down and identify the subjects involved with stealing mail and committing fraud. I commend the collective efforts of all agencies involved in bringing these individuals to justice,” said Rodney M. Hopkins, Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Detroit Division.
“These sentences represent our commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to maintain the integrity and trust in the U.S. Mail,” said Scott Pierce, Special Agent in Charge, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Central Area Field Office. “The majority of postal employees are hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination. The USPS OIG, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, remain committed to safeguarding the integrity of the U.S. Mail and ensuring the accountability and integrity of U.S. Postal Service employees.”
The United States Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated this case. The sentences were imposed by U.S. District Court Judge, Sarah Evans Barker. Judge Barker also ordered that Fenelon and Traxler be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 and 2 years, respectively, following their release from federal prison and pay $244,222.93 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney MaryAnn T. Mindrum, who prosecuted this case.
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