Southern California Postal Employees Indicted for Stealing Gift Cards

A Southern California federal grand jury has indicted two U.S. Postal Service employees for stealing mailed corporate gift cards.

Based on the investigatory work of federal law enforcement officials, the citizens’ panel this month charged Ronald Hinck and Crystal Fagan on July 3 for illegally pocketing merchandise intended for their customers.

Fagan—a.k.a. Crystal Faganleake—used her postal job to loot gift cards from American Express, In-N-Out Burger and Target, according to government reports reviewed by OC Weekly.

In a separate indictment, prosecutors charged postal employee Hinck with stealing gift cards for Walmart, Ross, Target and JC Penny, according to records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford will preside in Hinck’s case and James V. Selna, his fellow Republican colleague inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, will oversee Fagan’s criminal charges.

Because of the early stages of the cases, it’s not clear what potential prison sentences the defendants will face if eventually convicted.

Both defendants, who have not yet entered pleas, were born in 1970.

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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