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Stolen mail recipient takes plea deal
December 29, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

One of three men who prosecutors say received credit cards stolen from mail by a postal carrier accepted a plea deal on two felonies yesterday in return for no more than a year in jail.

Edgar Suing Guinto, 41, pleaded no contest to commercial burglary and identity theft. He will receive no prison and up to a year in the county jail when sentenced Jan. 31.

Meanwhile, the man accused of stealing the mail, Romeo Maniuli Natan, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 5 and the other two men accused of accepting the stolen cards will have a hearing Dec. 31.

Prosecutors say Natan, 38, of San Bruno, stole thousands of pieces of mail and was found with more than 3,000 undelivered pieces at his home when arrested last week, according prosecutors. Most of the thefts occurred in the Devonshire Avenue area of San Carlos.

Authorities arrested Natan after surveillance video at the Target store in Colma showed him using a stolen card and an alleged accomplice caught using a different stolen card implicated him as the source.

Natan allegedly gave the cards for use to Guinto, Marlo Tubig Lacsamana, 41, and Joel Pineda Lugtu, 31.

Natan, Lacsamana and Lugtu are in custody in lieu of $150,000. Guinto is held on $100,000 bail.


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