By Christy McLeap

Have you had your mail stolen? Taken right out of your mailbox? It’s gives you an extremely violated feeling. Good news is that hopefully the person or people responsible have been caught.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced yesterday, (Thurs., Aug. 11) that federal indictments have been filed against 11 defendants in the Inland Empire area.

The 11 accused are linked to mail theft and related fraud crimes around the Inland area. An investigation from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service recovered about 1,167 pieces of stolen mail.

According to the Press Enterprise, a news release states that six Inland Empire residents were arrested in the past 2 weeks on charges that include financial crimes, using checks and personal information to aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.

Defendants include Robert Kujaun Thomas and William Jason Leonard both from Hemet. Michael Joseph Tomassacci, of San Jacinto; Mark Alexander Gonzales, of Homeland; Pricila Mayora Deleon, from Moreno Valley; Kimberly Ann Hernandez and Anthony Garcia Jr., both of Fontana; Julian Tapia, of Colton; Hubert Salvador Salazar Jr., of San Bernardino; and Alfred Zamorano Jr. and Alicia Ann Palomares, from Rialto.

The Hemet Police department along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helped the Postal Inspection Service carry out the investigation.

All the defendants are in federal or state custody on unrelated charges, except Joseph Tomassacci and Hubert Salvador Salazar Jr. Investigators ask that if anyone has any information about the two fugitives to contact them at 1-877-876-2455, option 2.


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