TAMPA — The owner of a Tampa bulk-mail company was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison Thursday for mailing 5.6 million items without paying any postage.
Galal Ramadan, 62, of Tampa, owner of G.R. Marketing & Graphic Design, must serve three years of supervised release when he gets out of prison and was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution. A jury convicted him on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud at a July trial.
Part of the scheme, prosecutors say, involved placing counterfeit or stolen tags on pallets carrying bulk mail. Such tags indicated to postal workers that the postage had been paid, thus clearing it for mailing.
But the scheme collapsed when Ramadan tried to expand his business into political mailings. Campaigns require receipts from the Postal Service, unlike his other clients. Prosecutors said Ramadan was unable to provide these receipts. Not long after, the Postal Inspection Service received a tip about Ramadan...
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