HOUSTON Anthony Johnson, 42, of Missouri City, pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Friday in a press release.

Johnson admitted that since 2009, he had been removing debit cards and bank correspondence containing pin numbers for the cards from the mail of customers on his route, the release stated.

Once he activated the cards, Johnson would then travel to an ATM machine close to his home and withdraw money from the bank customers accounts, the release stated.

Federal agents with the U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General arrested Johnson on Oct. 31, 2011, after he attempted to utilize one of the stolen cards, the release stated. After his arrest, Johnson admitted to investigators that he stole the cards from the mail.

In court, Johnson admitted that the total amount of money which he had stolen over the three-year period identified by investigators was $8,090.

Johnson is scheduled for sentencing on March 1, at which time he faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

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