Holland man sentenced to prison for mail and ID theft

A mug shot of Zachary Thomas provided by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. (May 17, 2016)
A mug shot of Zachary Thomas provided by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. (May 17, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Holland man who pleaded guilty to committing aggravated identity theft after stealing mail from hundreds of Holland residents has been sentenced to prison.

Zachary Stephen Thomas, 33, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release, according to a release. In addition, he has to pay $18,000 in restitution to a number of financial institutions.

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles, Thomas started stealing mail in December 2015 and continued to do so through May 2016. Authorities say he deposited forged checks and withdrew cash before banks noticed the fraud.

Thomas, who police tracked down after discovering approximately 1,000 pieces of mail in the garbage behind a Saugatuck gas station, was originally charged with mail theft and bank fraud.