Oklahoma sisters convicted of defrauding the Postal Service are heading to prison
OKLAHOMA CITY– Twin sisters who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft of government property will have to serve time in prison.
Birdie Jo Hoaks and Becky Jo Hoaks, from Choctaw, were indicted on May 18 on one count of conspiracy and one count each of theft of government property.
The sisters allegedly opened personal checking accounts at various banks, using small cash deposits ranging from $5 to $200, from June 2016 to February 2017. They also reportedly wrote dozens of bogus checks at U.S. post offices and contract postal units throughout the Western District of Oklahoma to obtain thousands of U.S. postage stamps.
Both sisters have an extensive criminal history of fraud that spans more than two decades and jurisdictions from New York to California.
In May 2007, they were featured in a Chicago Tribune article titled “The Incredible True-Life (mis)Adventures of the Hoaks Sisters: Deception, Confusion, Theft, Betrayal, Foot Surgery.”
In July 2012, Birdie Jo Hoaks was the subject of a Dateline NBC investigative report.
The Hoaks sisters agreed to pay restitution to the United States Postal Service in the amount of $58,958.64 and a combined $3,034.74 to four other victims as part of their pleas.
Birdie Jo Hoaks was sentenced to 60 months in prison, while Becky Jo Hoaks was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Both women will serve three years of supervised release after their prison terms.