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Attorney General Bonta Announces 56 Arrests in $5 Million Postal Theft and Fraud Operation - Suspects Allegedly Stole Money from Hundreds of Victims Across California
October 10, 2022 - PASADENA – California Attorney General Rob Bonta last week, announced the arrests of 56 individuals involved in a scheme resulting in the theft of nearly $5 million from hundreds of people in a widespread mail theft and postal fraud operation. The suspects — who operated out of multiple counties across California, including Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County — allegedly altered stolen checks, deposited them into bank accounts, then quickly withdrew money from ATMs before the banks discovered the checks were forged. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) charged the suspects with felony grand theft, money laundering, and conspiracy.
“Let this be a strong warning to anyone seeking to steal people’s hard-earned money: We will find you, and we will hold you accountable,” said Attorney Rob General Bonta. “I am thankful to our local and federal law enforcement partners for their work in this investigation. As California’s chief law enforcement officer, I will not tolerate theft and fraud being perpetrated against California families. The California Department of Justice will continue to work to bring those responsible for these alleged actions to account.”
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