San Antonio man, woman charged in alleged mail theft scheme

Defendants allegedly stole checks, changed names, cashed with fake ID's

SAN ANTONIO – A man and woman from San Antonio were charged Thursday for allegedly running a mail theft and financial institution fraud scheme.

Michael McKinney, 31, and Jennifer Burns, 30, were allegedly caught with stolen mail, including stolen checks, from San Antonio mailboxes on June 28, 2015. Officials said the two had used information from stolen mail, changed the names on stolen checks and cashed the checks using counterfeit drivers' licenses.

McKinney is charged with possession of stolen mail, access device fraud, financial institution fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Burns is charged with possession of stolen mail, financial institution fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Both defendants are in custody and face:

  • Up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine for the possession of stolen mail charge
  • Up to 30 years in prison and a maximum $1 million fine for the financial institution fraud charge
  • Mandatory consecutive two years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the aggravated identity theft charge

McKinney also faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine for the access device fraud charge.

"Theft of U.S. mail is a serious offense and a violation of federal law," said Michael R. Martinez-Partida of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in San Antonio. "Postal Inspectors work vigorously to identify and bring to justice those responsible for committing this criminal act."