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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 13:25

Federal charges against the man stemmed from the theft of Target gift cards while he was working for the U.S. Postal Service

An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to stealing mail while working for the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

The agency said in a news release that Cedric Lara, 45, appeared Tuesday before Chief U.S. Magistrate Richard L. Puglisi in Albuquerque to enter his plea.

Lara pleaded guilty under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to count two of a three-count indictment charging him with theft of U.S. mail, the news release said. Sentencing was not scheduled.

Lara, when sentenced, faces up to five years in prison and up to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term, according to the news release. He remains released under pretrial supervision pending sentencing.

The news release said Lara was indicted on Dec. 1, 2010, on charges of stealing Target gift cards that had been placed in the U.S. mail on three occasions between Sept. 23, 2008, and Oct. 19, 2008, while he was a contract truck driver for the Postal Service in Albuquerque.

As part of his plea agreement, Lara will pay full restitution to the original purchasers of four Target gift cards worth a total of $300 that were stolen from the mail. Lara and his then-fiancee who is now his wife used the gift cards to make purchases at a Target store in Albuquerque, according to the news release.

 

 
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