A 46-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for writing a bad check for 6,000 stamps at a Fort Worth post office in 2015, officials announced Monday.
Ronald Hinshaw was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor to pay $126,098 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service for numerous bad checks at post offices across Texas, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District Texas said in a press release.
O’Connor sentenced Hinshaw last week.
Hinshaw, who was living in Lufkin, pleaded guilty in July to one count of theft of government funds.
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He was charged for an incident that happened in May 2015 at a post office in Fort Worth.
Hinshaw wrote a “hot check,” court records said, for 300 20-stamp booklets worth about $2,940. Each stamp cost 49 cents, and Hinshaw sold them at a reduced rate.
In total, Hinshaw wrote 140 hot checks at post offices across Texas, Monday’s press release said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wolfe prosecuted the case.