Thieving U.S. postal worker delivered to drug rehab 

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A former U.S. Postal Service worker in San Carlos who stole thousands of pieces of mail for their credit cards was sentenced Tuesday to a year in County Jail and three years of probation, and he also was ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation
program.

Romeo Maniulit Natan, 39, of San Bruno pleaded no contest in January to identity theft, commercial burglary and credit card fraud, all felonies, and faced up to three years in prison on the counts, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The judge’s lighter sentence apparently took into account Natan’s clean criminal history before the Dec. 19 arrest, Wagstaffe said.

Natan stole mail mostly from Devonshire Avenue in San Carlos and gave the credit cards he found inside them to at least three accomplices who then used the lifted cards to make fraudulent purchases, according to prosecutors.

The three alleged accomplices, Edgar Suing Guinto, 41, Marlo Tubig Lacsamana, 41, and Joel Pineda Lugtu, 31, were also arrested and charged.

Natan was ratted out by Lacsamana, who was caught using one of the stolen cards, Wagstaffe said.

Natan was also twice captured on surveillance cameras trying to use the cards at the Target store in Colma, Wagstaffe said.

Upon his arrest, police searched Natan’s San Bruno home and found more than 2,000 pieces of stolen mail and an additional 1,000 pieces in the trunk of his car, Wagstaffe  said.

Natan received 305 days’ credit on his jail sentence for the time he’s already served, Wagstaffe said.

The sentence also bans Natan from using a computer, obtaining a job that requires the use of a computer and possessing identifying information of anyone but himself, Wagstaffe said.

Natan has also been ordered to pay back victims in an amount that will be determined by his probation officer.

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