HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Chinese man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for crimes including stealing mail and creating false identities to steal from four Connecticut banks.

U.S. federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Joseph Mo Pun Lau stole mail from a depository in Wilton and used residents’ bank information to make counterfeit checks. He cashed checks totaling more than $90,000 under different names using false Chinese passports and U.S. papers.

A judge in Hartford sentenced him Monday to 50 months in prison.

Lau has been in custody since his arrest in July and pleaded guilty in September to bank fraud and illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. He had been deported in 2007 following a conviction in Pennsylvania for bank fraud and theft of mail.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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