Modesto man sentenced for stealing government money | Crime
MODESTO - A U.S. District judge sentenced Modesto resident Brett Lee Hartman, 57, to 27 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing government property, mail fraud and forging meter postal stamps.
According to court documents, between 2006 and 2009, Hartman manufactured and sold counterfeit postal stamps, making over $190,000. At the same time he was selling the stamps, he was receiving Social Security income to which he was not entitled. As part of his sentence, Hartman was ordered to pay the U.S. Postal Service $193,000 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay the Social Security Administration $31,448.40 in restitution.
Judge Edward Garcia said the sentence was appropriate given Hartman's repeated and sophisticated manner of stealing government funds.
This case is a result of an extensive investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.