Second man sentenced in scheme that used counterfeit keys to steal mail from neighborhood boxes

A second man has been sentenced in a scheme involving theft of mail from neighborhood mailboxes in Sacramento and Placer counties.

Billee Vang, 27, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Jude Garland E. Burrell to two years and eight months in prison and ordered to pay $5,733 in restitution, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

Vang and co-defendant Dang Vue participated in a scheme that involved stealing and deconstructing U.S Postal Service locks to reverse-engineer keys so they could open neighborhood mailbox units and steal mail from them.

Vang and Vue pleaded guilty in November to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, theft of U.S. mail, stealing and reproducing postal service locks and keys, and unlawful possession of at least five identification documents for fraudulent purposes.

Vang and Vue used the stolen mail, including checks and identification documents to take over victims' bank and credit accounts. They also used and attempted to use credit and debit cards, credit card convenience checks and personal checks stolen from postal customers to conduct unauthorized transactions at the expense of federally insured institutions, the news release said.

When they were arrested May 12, 2017, in Elk Grove, Vue and Vang were in possession of numerous reverse-engineered counterfeit keys, metal filing tools, pry bars and other burglary tools, as well as U.S. mail stolen from neighborhood mailboxes.

Vue was sentenced April 27 to three years and nine months in prison and ordered to pay $5,733 in restitution.