Man, Woman Charged In Area Post Office Break-Ins Plead Guilty

A couple arrested in a string of post office and mail box break-ins throughout Central Texas that authorities said netted thieves in search of easy drug money hundreds of personal checks and blank money orders, have both pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Charles Hattenbach and Kathryn Hubbert. (Jail photos)

WACO (July 17, 2014) Charles Hattenbach, 39, and Kathryn Hubbert, 28, both of Temple, who were arrested in March in connection with a string of post office and mailbox break-ins in Central Texas and around the state have both pleaded guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court in Waco, prosecutors announced Thursday.

The thefts involved more than 50,000 pieces of mail and more than $500,000 in other U.S. government property taken from Post Offices in about 80 cities and towns altogether, U.S. Attorney Robert
Pitman said.

Hattenbach pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of government property and three counts of aggravated identity theft, prosecutors said.

Hubbert pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of Government property and two counts of aggravated identity theft, prosecutors said Thursday.

The thefts were carried out from December 2013 until March and stretched from Midland to College Station and Dallas to San Antonio, prosecutors said.

Hattenback and Hubbert “stole credit cards, personal checks, business checks, money orders, postage, W-2s, tax returns, items which contained personal identifying information, cash, gift cards and other items belonging to more than 2,000 victims,” prosecutors said in a new release Thursday.

The two also schemed to defraud several financial institutions including Extraco Bank in Round Rock by endorsing and depositing stolen money orders and checks, prosecutors said.

“The defendants subsequently withdrew the deposits causing the financial institutions to lose more than $80,000,” prosecutors said.

Hattenback remains in custody pending sentencing on Sept. 10.

Hubbert, who is free on bond, is scheduled for sentencing on Aug 20.

They face sentences of as much as five years in federal prison for conspiracy to steal U.S. mail, 30 years for bank fraud, 10 years for theft of government property, and consecutive two-year federal prison terms for each aggravated identity theft charge.

The amount of restitution they’ll be ordered to pay will be determined at sentencing, prosecutors said.

Towns And Cities In Which Postal Facilities Were Targeted
(Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Alvarado, Austin (Balcones, Bluebonnet, Main, McNeil, Mockingbird, Northcross,
South Campus, Southeast, and Town North branches), Bangs, Belton, Blanket, Brenham, Bryan, Buchanan Dam, Buckholts, Burton, Cameron, Campbellton, Carmine, Cedar Park, Chapel Hill, Clifton, Coleman, College Station, Colorado City, Copperas Cove, Corpus Christi (Gulfway branch), Dripping Springs, Early, Elgin, Florence, Gause, Georgetown, Gustine, Harker Heights, Hearne, Heidenheimer, Hewitt, Hillsboro, Holland, Hutto, Jerrell, Jonesboro, Kemper, Killeen, Lampasas, Lawn, Leander, Ledbetter, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Loraine, Lorena, May, McDade, Meridian, Merkel, Midland, Milano, Millican, Mound, Navasota, Nolanville, Novice, Paige, Pendleton, Pflugerville, Red Oak, Rising Star, Roby, Rockport, Rogers, Rosebud, Round Rock, Salado, San Angelo, San Marcos, Santa Anna, Sinton, Sterling City, Sweetwater, Taylor, Temple, Thorndale, Treat, Troy, Tye, Valley Mills, Waco (Highlander and Woodway branches), Walnut Springs, Washington and Weir.


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