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Billings pair gets prison for stealing mail for checks, credit cards

Billings pair gets prison for stealing mail for checks, credit cards

A federal judge sentenced two Billings residents to prison Monday for forging checks found in mail they stole from residential mailboxes.

During hearings in Helena, Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced Adam Ronald Totten, 35, and Vonda Kay Bishop, 32, to two years in prison, court records said.

Haddon also ordered the defendants to pay $20,294 restitution and held them individually and jointly responsible.

Totten and Bishop pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to possess stolen mail. The judge dismissed other counts as part of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors said the pair, who were using methamphetamine, drove around Billings and stole mail from an estimated 60 individuals from December 2010 to February 2011. The stolen mail contained credit cards or bank checks, which Totten and Bishop forged for cash. They used the money to buy food and clothing.

Totten and Bishop also went to real estate open houses where one would distract the real estate agent so the other could rifle through drawers and steal prescription medications and checks, the prosecution said.

A search of the pair’s truck turned up a shopping bag full of stolen mail, numerous forged checks and fake driver’s license numbers.

 

 

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Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.

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