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Houston man sentenced to nine years in prison for identity theft

August 4, 2020

A Houston man was sentenced to nine years in prison for organized crime involving an identity theft scheme, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.

“Lives are devastated by identity theft and cybercrimes, so we work hard to put thieves and burglars like this behind bars,” Ogg said. “It can take years and thousands of dollars for victims to fix the damage that identity thieves do, so prison time is appropriate, especially in a case like this.”

Carson Mackenzie, 34, pleaded guilty and was sentenced recently for engaging in organized criminal activity.

Mackenzie was arrested in January 2019 after deputies with Precinct 5 Constable’s Office responded to calls about a suspicious car driving around a west Houston neighborhood near Briar Forest, with a man tossing mail out the windows.

After he was pulled over, deputies found more than 50 pieces of mail in Mackenzie’s car that belonged to people in the neighborhood. After his arrest, investigators determined he had been stealing mail in an effort to steal identities.

“It’s hard to imagine the consequences of identity theft until it happens to you, but it can be disastrous for victims,” said James Hu, the prosecutor who handled the case.