What Would YOU Do With 20,000 Stamps?

What Would YOU Do With 20,000 Stamps?

By Kathy Niver. CREATED Sep 10, 2012

Omaha, NE - He bought more than $12,000 worth of stamps. And he used fake cards to do it.

42-year-old James W. Ball is headed to federal prison for buying more than 20-thousand stamps at automated postal machines--using several different credit cards that did not belong to him.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney says Ball also used "counterfeit access devices" to get into the machines.

Postal inspectors began surveillance on several automated machines in April 2011 after noticing fraudulent activity. On April 26th, Ball made several transactions at one machine, then bought more $12,144 in stamps at several other machines between April 23rd and 30th.

During the investigation, postal inspectors intercepted a package Ball mailed from Omaha to his home in Oakland, California. The package contained 54 counterfeit access cards.

Investigators arrested Ball at Eppley as he was heading back to California.

In addition to one year in prison, Ball has the pay the U.S. Postal Service back. That amount: $12,144.14.

Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, kathy@action3news.com