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02/14/2022

‘This is literally a criminal conspiracy’: Criminals are stealing, editing and depositing mailed checks, leaving a trail of pain across New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A massive check fraud operation is targeting individuals and businesses both in New Orleans and across the country, resulting in millions of dollars lost and the victims left to pick up the pieces.

According to experts, the criminals are operating on encrypted communication platforms online, selling everything from postal keys used to steal mail from blue boxes to the checks themselves.

The theft isn’t limited to the blue boxes outside of post office locations. Victims who spoke with FOX 8 described checks being stolen, edited and deposited, even when mailed from inside a post office.

Keith Williams, a local small business owner, is one of those victims.

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