OC Mail Thief: Please, Please Go Easy on Me & My Meth Habit!
|Vargas: See, I was trying to lose weight with Meth and then . . . Oh, never mind|
Vargas stole other people's private mail in hopes of finding value information, cash or credit cards that ultimately could support a methamphetamine habit she claims she started a decade ago as a way to lose weight.
Vargas committed the federal offense while already on criminal probation, but--claiming rough circumstance growing up and bad treatment by men in her life--sought leniency this month from U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker.
To Vargas' delight, federal probation officers recommended a punishment of two months of incarceration.
But Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence E. Kole believed that Vargas deserved a tougher sentence: four months in prison plus four more months in a federal halfway house.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, Tucker handed the 33-year-old Vargas her wish: a two-month sentence plus three years of supervised probation.
She must also pay $3,576 in victim restitution.
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