- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida man is facing federal charges after prosecutors claim he submitted fake claims for damaged items to the U.S. Postal Service.

Edwin Garcia-Albarracin, 45, was charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, The Miami Herald reported. He was scheduled for a bail hearing Tuesday. Court records in Miami do not list an attorney for him.

According to an indictment, Garcia-Albarracin sold online goods and shipped them through the postal service. Later, authorities said he submitted claims saying that some of the packages had been damaged when in fact they were not.

The indictment says Garcia-Albarracin supported his claims by sending photographs of damaged products. Prosecutors say, however, the pictures weren’t of the products Garcia-Albarracin actually sent.

Court records show Garcia-Albarracin has previously been prosecuted for assault on an elderly person and battery of a sports official, among other charges.

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