Kirbyville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Newton County Mail Thefts

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BEAUMONT, Texas – A Kirbyville man has been sentenced to prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today. 

William Cody Shaver, 37, pleaded guilty on May 28, 2021, to possession of stolen mail and possession of fifteen or more stolen access devices and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone. 

“Many Americans have either been directly affected by mail and identity theft or have a close friend or family member that has been victimized by mail and identity thieves,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “EDTX is proud to partner with the Postal Inspection Service to safeguard the public’s personal information and to aggressively prosecute those that would seek to steal or profit from such private information.”

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“We understand the impact mail theft can have on our valued customers.  Mail theft is a serious crime, and we will work tirelessly to find those responsible and bring them to justice, as represented in this sentencing.  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service was created to protect the U.S. Mail, and we will not lose sight of that mission,” said Thomas Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division.  “The mission is often accomplished through partnerships, and we thank the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts in this case.  We also thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas for pursuing this case through to the end.” 

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According to information presented in court, in September 2020, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints of stolen mail throughout the area.  An investigation led authorities to Shaver and a search warrant was executed at his residence in Kirbyville on Sep. 25, 2020.  Shaver was found to be in possession of more than 200 pieces of stolen mail and mail matter including: credit cards, checks, gift cards, personal identification numbers, bank statements, and other miscellaneous items.  It was determined that Shaver victimized 82 separate Newton County residents at an estimated potential loss to those victims of more than $200,000.  Shaver was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 3, 2021. 

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This case was investigated by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan C. Lee.       

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