ST. LOUIS ( - One of three Atlanta-area men charged in August with stealing mail as part of an identity theft ring pleaded guilty this morning.

Willie Joe Trice, 28, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal mail. He faces up to five years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Trice admitted to stealing mail from a business in the area and intending to acquire personally identifiable information from the mail to use on counterfeit checks and access devices after he was stopped by St. Charles County police on August 6, according to court documents.

Trice also admitted he had traveled to the St. Louis area from Atlanta for the purpose of obtaining personal information for his use.

Trice appeared before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry who accepted his plea and deferred sentencing until December 20, 2018.

Trice remains in federal custody pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by the St. Charles County Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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