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6:15 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Fake Stamp Case

A Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to possessing forged and counterfeited postage stamps with intent to use them.

Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old James H. Clark Jr. entered a plea agreement Thursday. He was ordered to pay nearly $366,000 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

They say Clark is facing up to a five-year federal prison term when he's sentenced at a later date.

Prosecutors say Clark owned and operated a business that sold books through Internet websites. He was indicted in the case in February.

Clark admitted that in October 2010 he possessed 1,527 forged and counterfeited postage meter stamps that he created by copying original stamps he had purchased online.

He admitted that he intended to use the fake stamps to mail packages through the Postal Service.

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