Pittsburgh Woman Stole Mail by Signing Fictitious Name on Return Receipt

PITTSBURGH, PA- A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of mail theft, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Ekeyma E. Harris, 32, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Harris, on November 21, 2018, obtained a U.S. Postal Express envelope and its contents, addressed to James Holliday at an address on Imogene Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, by signing a fictitious name on a Postal Service Domestic Return Receipt, knowing that no individual by the name of James Holliday resided at the Imogene Road address.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for June 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Harris remains on bond pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Harris.

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