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Police: Nine Florida ID theft suspects reeled in

You have probably seen mouse glue traps in the hardware store. While the traps might be effective in catching unwanted rodents, the sticky devices are also apparently useful as tools to snag mail from post office collection boxes.

The scheme is called "fishing." Nine Florida residents were arrested across the state as part of Operation Hook, Line and Sinker, law enforcement officials said. Suspects face charges of grand theft and ID theft, authorities said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service worked with law enforcement agencies about two hours east of Fort Myers in Coral Springs, as well as with police in Miami-Dade County, a news media report states. Interestingly, a Miami Division USPIS inspector said that though the U.S. Postal Service is safe, people should avoid putting mail in collection boxes after hours and on weekends.

Grand theft is a serious charge, especially when it is prosecuted as a first-degree felony or second-degree felony. Someone found guilty of a second-degree felony in Florida faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Conviction on a first-degree felony charge can mean imprisonment for up to 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Obviously, either of those charges must be taken seriously and addressed effectively.

The same is true of allegations of identity theft: conviction can mean years behind bars in a state prison.

With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can fight to preserve your freedom and your rights.

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