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One sentenced, two others plead not guilty to mail theft
February 01, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

A Daly City man who fraudulently used credit cards stolen out of mail by a postal worker was sentenced yesterday to nine months in jail while two others pleaded not guilty to similar charges of burglary and identity theft.

Edgar Suing Guinto, 41, must also spend three years on supervised probation, avoid computers connected to a network or otherwise able to access personal information and pay more than $2,000 to the victims. His nine-month jail term, for which he has credit of 102 days, is modifiable to a residential treatment program, according to court records.

On Wednesday, the day before Guinto received his sentence, co-defendants Marlo Tubig Lacsamana, 41, and Joel Pineda Lugtu, 31, both pleaded not guilty and return to court March 4 for a pretrial conference and a March 18 jury trial.

The postal worker whose theft of more than 3,000 pieces of mail generated the stolen credit cards already settled his case. Romeo Maniulit Natan, 38, pleaded no contest to felony charges of identity theft, commercial burglary and credit card fraud. Although other counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal, they can be considered for sentencing purposes at a Feb. 21 hearing at which he faces up to three years in prison.

Most of the mail thefts occurred in the Devonshire Avenue area of San Carlos. Natan was identified as the thief after being caught on a surveillance video at the Target store in Colma using stolen cards and an alleged accomplice caught using a different stolen card implicated him as the source. Natan reportedly distributed the stolen cards from several people including Guinto, Lacsamana and Lugtu.

A Daly City police search of Natan's San Bruno home reportedly turned up bags of undelivered mail, including more than 2,000 pieces in a storage closet and more than 1,000 pieces in the trunk of his car.

Natan remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail pending his sentencing hearing. Lacsamana and Lugtu are in custody in lieu of $150,000. Guinto was held on $100,000 bail.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.

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