Accused identity thief sentenced for using postal master key to steal mail from hundreds, feds say

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – April 13, 2017

A federal judge sentenced a man to more than five years in prison for stealing mail and personal information from hundreds of victims in Austin, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Federal officials said 55-year-old David Akharume Afenkhena will serve 65 months in federal prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the release, Afenkhena  used a United States Postal Service “arrow key” to access mailboxes at several apartment complexes in and around Austin.

He used stolen personal identification information to open credit cards and bank accounts, officials said. He also used the stolen information to file fake income tax returns in order to get refund checks, they said.

Afenkhena admitted to committing these offenses and pleaded guilty on Jan. 23, authorities say.

The judge also ordered that Afenkhena pay $50,961.15 restitution and to be placed on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

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