Four Union County men, including a U.S. Postal Service worker, were arrested and charged Tuesday in a conspiracy to steal and possess stolen mail, including credit cards and pandemic relief credit cards, fraudulently use the stolen credit cards without authorization, and defraud the Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement.
Jarid Brooks, 27, Justin Brooks, 21, Kyjuan Hutchins, 21, and Kyle Williams, 35, all of Union Township, have been charged with conspiracy. They were scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark Federal Court, the statement said.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, from July 2019 to August 2020, Williams allegedly stole credit cards from the U.S. mail in the course of his employment for the Postal Service, provided those credit cards to Jarid Brooks, Justin Brooks, and Hutchins, and thereafter they fraudulently activated the credit cards and then used them to make and attempt to make purchases without the cardholders’ authorization, including buying gift cards and electronics.