Modern Day "Bonnie and Clyde" Face Fraud Charges

News -- April 18, 2022: 'Modern-day Bonnie and Clyde' are facing fraud charges in connection with mailbox thefts.
U.S. Attorney's Office announced on April 11, 2022 identity thefts are alleged to have occurred as a result of stolen mail, according to the indictment by a Georgia couple.

STATESBORO, GA – A guy who referred to himself and his girlfriend as a "modern-day Bonnie and Clyde" has been indicted on several federal charges for the improper use of information obtained in mailbox thefts, while his girlfriend is awaiting sentencing after admitting to a related offense.

According to David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Michael H. Boatright, 33, of Chesterfield, S.C., is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Mail, Wire, and Bank Fraud; three counts of Theft of Mail; and one count of Aggravated Identity Theft. Stephanie Michelle Lea Napier, 29, of Chesterfield, is awaiting punishment after pleading guilty to an Information charging her with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in March.

“These charges demonstrate the dedication of our law enforcement partners in identifying and tracking down activities that started with swiping mail from mailboxes and led all the way to identity theft and financial fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “Those determined to be responsible for such illegal activities will be held accountable.”

According to the indictment the two stole, or attempted to steal,  “hundreds of thousands of dollars from their many victims, and caused substantial on-monetary harm and headaches for countless victims.” At least four victims named in the indictment are residents of the Statesboro, Ga., area, and agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service have identified more than 100 potential victims in the three-state area, with actual and attempted financial losses of more than $500,000.

U.S. Attorney Estes commended the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, and the Statesboro Police Department for their contributions to the federal investigation.

Charges are the sole thing in a criminal indictment; defendants are assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the US Postal Inspection Service and the US Secret Service in Jacksonville, Fla., and is being prosecuted for the US by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Porter.

U.S. Attorney Estes commended the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, and the Statesboro Police Department for their contributions to the federal investigation.

Charges are the sole thing in a criminal indictment; defendants are assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the US Postal Inspection Service and the US Secret Service in Jacksonville, Fla., and is being prosecuted for the US by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Porter.




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