LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - 31-year-old Garrett Austin Malone is in the Lubbock County Detention Center, charged with fraud as he waits to see if he can be charged federally for stealing mail.
Malone admitted to stealing mail from post office blue boxes and about 50 residential or business mailboxes.
He told the court that he would sell the personal information on the dark web and use it to fraudulently obtain credit cards.
Court records indicate that Malone and another man tried to pass forged checks at First Bank and Trust at 3405 22nd Street back in September 2017.
A bank employee called police and Malone left, leaving behind a forged check and an identification card. When Malone told his accomplice to go back and get the card, the other man was confronted by Lubbock police.
Police tracked him back to Malone's residence and found bags filled with counterfeit checks, credit card, ID cards and stolen mail.
Malone has been in jail since September 2017.
"In 2018, Malone began writing letters to federal law enforcement and the United States Attorney's Office asking that he be prosecuted federally, and acknowledging his guilt in stealing United States mail," court records said.
Malone confessed to stealing mail in hopes of getting a plea deal where he would face no more than five years in federal prison. This deal still requires court approval.