A California man has received a one-year prison term for buying more than $12,000 worth of stamps in Omaha, using fake cards that gave him access to the machine.
Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old James W. Ball Jr., of Oakland, was sentenced Thursday.
Authorities say they began monitoring stamp machines in the Omaha area in April 2011, after detecting cases of fraud. Postal inspectors noticed Ball making numerous transactions at one machine using several different credit cards, and later spotted him making similar purchases at others. Authorities say he bought more than 20,000 stamps.
Ball was convicted of possession of device-making equipment, possession of 15 of more counterfeit access devices, and production and use of a counterfeit access device.