NJ Crew Used Postal Workers, High School Students To Steal, Forge COVID Stimulus Checks

The defendants — who were associates of a group calling itself “the Members” — recruited U.S. Postal Service employees to steal checks, checkbooks, debit cards, and credit cards from the mail in exchange for cash, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

They then forged the signatures of the account holders and made the checks payable to high school students and others who’d given them access to their accounts, also in exchange for cash, Carpenito said.

Three of the defendants — Tashon Ragan of Hillside and Jahaad Flip of Newark, both 21, and Jeffrey Bennett, 26, of Irvington – deposited the forged checks online and at various ATMs throughout New Jersey, then withdrew money before the banks noticed, the U.S. attorney said.


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