Wilkes-Barre Man Sentenced To 6 Months’ Imprisonment For Stealing And Depositing Checks From Mail Receptacles

WILKES-BARRE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo sentenced Michael Mejia, age 21, who resided in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to a time-served sentence of approximately six months of imprisonment and two years of supervised release. Continue reading

Ten Indicted in Scheme to Steal New Yorkers’ Mail and Alter Their Checks

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of ten individuals for stealing more than $500,000 from multiple banks through a check fraud scheme involving mail theft. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, among other charges. [1] Continue reading

‘Mail fishing’ is so bad in New Jersey, it’s now the focus of a federal investigation

Woodland Park, N.J. — Long a symbol of convenience and security to postal patrons, that iconic blue mailbox at the corner means something very different to thieves prowling the streets of North Jersey: a potential gold mine of checks to be cashed.

In recent months, police throughout the area have seen a rash of mail fishing thefts — low-tech crimes in which rudimentary tools are covered with sticky substances to pluck bank documents, checks and birthday cards out of collection boxes.

The uptick in thefts, now the focus of a federal investigation, has prompted U.S. postal officials to mount a multi-pronged defense to educate patrons on ways to protect their mail. Meanwhile, police have made numerous arrests and caught suspects in the act.

“It’s gotten to be a giant problem,” said Robert Coyle, chief of police in Totowa, where eight people have reported checks stolen and fraudulently deposited. “They’re almost telling people, ‘Don’t put your mail in mailboxes.’ ”

Source: wfmynews2.com | ‘Mail fishing’ is so bad in New Jersey, it’s now the focus of a federal investigation

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