PORTLAND, Ore. – On April 12, 2017, Gregory Allen Rathkey, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman to 39 months in federal prison for conspiracy to steal mail, possession of a counterfeit postal service “arrow” key, unauthorized use of a credit card and aggravated identity theft. Upon his release from prison, Rathkey will be on supervised release for three years.
Beginning in November 2015 and continuing until April 1, 2016, Rathkey and others engaged in a conspiracy to steal over 100 pieces of mail, including credit cards, checks and packages delivered to 77 victims in the greater Portland area. Rathkey used counterfeit postal arrow keys and other tools to access locked mailboxes in various neighborhoods. He then activated victims’ credit cards stolen from the mail and used them to purchase goods, gift cards and other preloaded debit cards.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted Quinn P. Harrington, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.