Crime

Man admits stealing mail, identities for bogus checks

Charles Cody Blue Slaton
Charles Cody Blue Slaton

GULFPORT -- A second person has pleaded guilty to stealing mail in Harrison County and using stolen identities to write bogus checks used at Wal-Mart stores.

Charles "Cody Blue" Slaton, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail theft and identity theft. He is from Griffin, Ga., but was living in Gulfport.

He faces up to five years in prison at his Jan. 26 sentencing in U.S. District Court.

Megan Murley, 27, of Marlin, Texas, pleaded guilty in July. Her sentencing is set for Nov. 30.

A federal grand jury indicted them and three others May 20, alleging they conspired to commit the crimes from Oct. 4, 2013, through Nov. 18, 2014.

Also charged are Joe Gonzales, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; David Burney, 47, of Grandbury, Texas; and Greg Anderson, age and hometown unavailable.

They are accused of using bogus checks to "buy food, electronics, toys, gift cards and prepaid credit cards," the document said.

The indictment lists several victims by initials only. It doesn't say where the mail thefts took place.

The indictment said Burney stole mail Oct. 4, 2013 and Nov. 6, 2013, and the information was used to make counterfeit checks. Burney took bogus checks to the Wal-Mart in Biloxi twice Nov. 6, 2013.

Murley possessed stolen checks belonging to three people Feb. 7, 2014.

Anderson is accused in the theft of mail Nov. 22, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014, the day the Anderson and Slaton traveled with Murley to the Wal-Mart in Pass Christian.

The indictment said Gonzalez went with Murley to the Wal-Mart in Crowley, Texas, Jan. 24, 2014.

The trial for Gonzalez and Burney has been moved to a court calendar that starts Jan. 4.

Anderson is still wanted on an arrest warrant.

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