Woman pleads guilty in mail theft case

FRESNO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A woman pleaded guilty Monday in a case of mail theft.

Mayra Alejandra Soria, 30, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal and possess stolen mail and one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Soria is the last of five co-conspirators to plead guilty. They engaged in a conspiracy last spring to steal mail in Wasco and elsewhere in the Bakersfield area, in order to steal checks and commit identity theft, the prosecutor's office said.

Co-defendant Eric Alberto Herrera, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal mail in December and was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Elisee Torres-Pacheco, 36, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail and was sentenced to 36 months of probation. Co-defendants Brisa Celeste Castillo, 33, and Mateo Manuel Santiago, 25, each have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal mail and are awaiting sentencing

Sentencing for Soria is set for June 16.