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Gun-wielding thief who robbed mail carrier headed to prison

A man who robbed a Rancho Cordova mail carrier at gunpoint has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison.

Juan Carlos Maldonado pleaded guilty in June to the armed robbery of a U.S. mail carrier, participation in a bank fraud scheme and aggravated identity theft, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

On June 21, 2016, Maldonado, originally of Michoacán, Mexico, and others traveling in an SUV without license plates followed a mail carrier in a Rancho Cordova neighborhood, according to the news release. They pulled alongside the postal truck and when the carrier got out to deliver mail, Maldonado robbed the carrier at gunpoint.

Maldonado, 22, and his companions stole more than 800 items from the truck, then rifled through the stolen mail for personal identification and financial information. Maldonado used that information and provided it to other people to use to defraud financial institutions, the news release said.

Maldonado was arrested by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on June 30, 2016, at the Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs as he attempted to access proceeds from stolen credit cards, according to the release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and its Narcotic and Economic Crimes Investigations Task Force, with the assistance of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy