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'Check-washing' scam hits Wellington businesses


WELLINGTON, Fla. — A bank of mailboxes at the Wellington Plaza was targeted by a check-washing thief who appears to be cashing in.  

“Half a million dollars,” said Wellington Plaza’s Property Manager Mary O’Neal.  

She said a postal service worker told her the crooks had a skeleton, or pass key to the mailboxes.  

“A key,” O’Neal demonstrated for Contact 5, “Opens the entire bank of (about 50) boxes. Each box belongs to a tenant at the plaza. So, what’s happening is the perpetrator is coming, they have a key to this, they open the entire box, and they steal the checks.”  


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