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Nearly $80,000 stolen after local agency falls victim to check fraud
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A governmental agency in West Palm Beach says they have fallen victim to theft and check fraud of nearly $80,000.
The Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) said multiple vendor checks were deposited in a downtown West Palm Beach United States Postal Service (USPS) mailbox, but never made it to the intended recipients.
Instead, officials with TPA say evidence submitted to police shows the names, addresses of the payees and check amounts were altered on the face of the checks, then cashed by other individuals.