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Date: 07-08-2024

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United States of America v. Anthony Mazzccua

Case Number: 2:23-CR-128

Judge: Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro

Court: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh

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Upper Darby Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Mail Theft Scheme

Anthony Mazzccua, 25, of Upper Darby, PA, was indicted for his participation in a scheme to attempt to steal mail from a U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) collection box and his possession of stolen mail. His codefendant, Hervens Toussaint, 26, also of Upper Darby, PA, charged with violating 18 U.S.C. 1708.

Both men admitted their roles in the scheme, pleading guilty earlier this year to attempted mail theft, and aiding and abetting attempted mail theft, and possession of stolen mail. The charges arose from the codefendants’ use of a USPS Arrow Key to steal mail from collection boxes in Delaware County, PA. The codefendants would then locate checks, wash and alter the payee names and amounts on the checks, and deposit the altered checks into bank accounts belonging to third-party individuals. In at least some instances, the codefendants withdrew or attempted to withdraw the fraudulently deposited funds from those third-party bank accounts.

On October 27, 2021, law enforcement found the codefendants, along with an unindicted juvenile, attempting to steal mail from a blue collection box in Aston, PA. At the time he was apprehended, Mazzccua had six stolen checks and a USPS route key tag on his person. Moreover, law enforcement found approximately 13 pieces of stolen mail and eight stolen checks in the car being used by the codefendants to steal mail. The actual fraud loss for which Mazzccua was responsible for, as a result of his depositing of washed and altered checks stolen from Delaware County, was approximately $26,654.94.

“The U.S. postal system is a cornerstone of American society, delivering essential items such as income, bills, and expenses,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Through their actions, the defendants assaulted the integrity and reliability of that system, negatively impacting the lives of numerous victims who had their checks stolen from the mail. Today’s sentence reflects the grave consequences that await those who compromise the security of our mail system. We ask everyone to help support this critical service and protect our postal system by reporting any suspicious activity.”

“Today Anthony Mazzccua was held accountable for stealing checks out of the U.S. Mail and fraudulently passing those checks through the financial system,” said Christopher Nielsen, Inspector in Charge of the Philadelphia Division for the Postal Inspection Service. "Protecting the mail from theft is a core mission of the Inspection Service. When someone steals mail, Postal Inspectors will work relentlessly to hold those individuals to account. I want to thank the investigators from the Upper Chichester Township Police Department who assisted in identifying and apprehending these suspects. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office for their continued support in prosecuting these cases."

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Social Security Administration, and the Upper Chichester Township Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eileen Castilla Geiger.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and $26,654.94 in restitution

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