Temple man, woman plead guilty to mail theft charges

Bell County Jail
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:22am

A Temple man and woman are awaiting sentencing dates after both have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from post office and mailbox break-ins.

Charles Hattenbach, 39, and Kathryn Hubbert, 28, were arrested in March on accusations that they stole more than 50,000 pieces of mail from about 80 different cities and towns in Texas, including Belton, Bryan, College Station, Hewitt, Lorena, and Waco. The duo is also charged with stealing more than $500,000 worth of government property. Officials claim the pair stole credit cards, checks, money orders, tax returns, and more from more than 2,000 victims.

Hattenbach has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one county of bank fraud, one count of theft of government property, and three counts of aggravated identity theft. In June, Hubbert pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of government property, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Hattenbach remains in federal custody. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 10. Hubbert, who is free on bond, is set for sentencing on August 20. They could face about 50 years in prison for the charges.

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