Mail theft ring that included postal workers busted
COLUMBUS (WSYX/WTTE) —
A major mail theft ring has been busted in central Ohio.
A federal indictment was returned today against 13 people, four of whom were postal workers at the time of the crimes.
- ZaDarrick Brooks
- Thomas Williams, Jr., assigned to West City branch
- Jordan McCorvey
- Neshaun Walls
- Milahn Wright
- Jamicia Gordon, assigned to Northwest Carrier Annex
- Courtney Bruce, assigned to West Worthington branch
- Donte Rippley-Young, assigned to Northwest Carrier Annex
- Joshua Saunders
- Chevez Stanley
- Terry Reynolds
- Justin Brooks
Federal postal agents allege that for almost a year, the group was helping themselves to checks and money orders placed in blue collection boxes outside Columbus area post offices, US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman said.
A criminal complaint said at times, the group even used official post office property to open the big blue mail boxes.
The indictment said checks and money orders would be deposited into bank accounts belonging to members of the theft ring, who would then withdraw it at ATMS, in a scheme called "cracking cards."
Investigators said no place was spared, and that Columbus, Upper Arlington, Bexley, Worthington and Reynoldsburg post offices were among those targeted.
Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
A USPS spokesman said special agents arrested 455 postal employees and contractors for mail theft last year.
He went on to say that given the size of the workforce - more than 500,000 postal employees nationwide- investigations such as these are very rare.
If you believe you've had checks stolen, please contact 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).