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Wasilla man hit with federal charges in mass identity thefts

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 30, 2016
  • Published February 18, 2016

A Wasilla man arrested by Alaska State Troopers in the theft of hundreds of pieces of mail from Mat-Su residents now also faces federal charges after allegedly opening the mail to obtain checks and credit cards from which he received thousands of dollars.

Timothy Wayne Taylor, 36 -- described in a Thursday statement from U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler's office as a "door-to-door meat salesman" by trade -- was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury on charges including aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen mail, possession and use of access devices obtained from the stolen mail, fraud, possession of stolen firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

"From May 2014 until March 11, 2015, Taylor was in possession of approximately 1,600 pieces of stolen mail addressed to approximately 800 individuals and businesses from the Wasilla, Palmer, Houston and Chugiak, Alaska, areas," prosecutors wrote. "Debit cards, credit cards, credit card checks, PIN numbers and other access devices were found in Taylor's possession."

According to troopers, Taylor -- a former employee of Harding Ranch Meats -- was taken into custody last year in the case along with Linda Friend, 31 at the time, on state charges including burglary and theft. Troopers said they found the stash of stolen mail at Friend's home.

Prosecutors said Taylor was able to negotiate materials taken from the stolen mail at "a local business" for more than $6,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Retta Randall, who is prosecuting the federal case against Taylor, wasn't immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon.

Taylor also allegedly possessed more than two-dozen stolen firearms as a felon, leading to the additional federal weapons charges.

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