Temple couple pleads guilty to Texas post office burglaries
WACO, TX (KXXV) -
A Temple couple is now waiting to be sentenced after pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with post office thefts from about 80 cities across Texas.
Charles Hattenbach, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of government property and three counts of aggravated identity theft. In June, 28-year-old Kathryn Hubbert pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of Government property and two counts of aggravated identity theft in this case.
Court records show the two stole stole 50,000 pieces of mail and over $500,000 in other U.S. government property from U.S. Post Offices from December 2013 to March 2014. They broke into post offices and blue mail boxes outside of post offices.
They stole credit cards, personal checks, business checks, money orders, postage, W-2s, tax returns, items with personal identification information, cash, gift cards and other items belonging to more than 2,000 victims. The also defrauded banks and stole people's identities.
They targeted U.S. Post Offices in the following Central Texas cities: Belton, Bryan, Cameron, Clifton, College Station, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Hearne, Hewitt, Hillsboro, Killeen, Lorena, Rosebud, Salado, Temple, Troy, Waco.
Hattenbach is in federal custody, and is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. September 10. Sentencing for Hubbert, who is currently out on bond, is set for 1 p.m. August 20. Both are before Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. They face around 50 years in federal prison for all charges.
A restitution amount will be determined at sentencing.
This case came from an investigation conducted by USPIS and the Bell County Organized Crime Task Force, which has members from the U.S. Marshals Service, Bell County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from Temple, Belton, Killeen, Copperas Cove and Harker Heights.
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