Sacramento resident Dang Vue was sentenced Friday to three years and nine months in prison for his role in a five-month mail fraud scheme, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office media release.
Vue, 28, and his partner Billee Vang, 27, reverse-engineered master keys from U.S. Postal Service "arrow locks" and stole Sacramento-area residents' mail from January to May 2017, including credit cards and checks they used for shopping sprees at area Walmart, Safeway and Target stores.
Vue and Vang also used the intended mail recipients' personal information to bilk their bank and credit accounts. They hit mailboxes in Roseville, Sacramento and Elk Grove, as well as other areas of Sacramento and Placer counties.
The fraud spree came crashing down on May 12, 2017, when an Elk Grove resident on Nestani Way called police to report a suspicious person taking envelopes from a neighbor's mailbox.
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When the resident confronted Vang, he ran down the street into a Lexus being driven by Vue. Police stopped the car shortly after and found unauthorized mail keys, metal filing tools, pry bars and various stolen mail and credit cards inside.
Vue and Vang pleaded guilty to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, stealing U.S. mail and other related charges in November. Vang is scheduled to be sentenced May 4.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel