Word On The Curb…a thief in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been busted by federal authorities after allegedly stealing over $1.9 million in checks while employed by the USPS.
Feds say 27-year-old Dontavis Truesdale is charged with conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and theft of mail by a postal employee. Investigators said Truesdale was employed with the United States Postal Service in Charlotte at the time and is accused of being the mastermind behind a check theft ring that involved $1.9 million.
Federal investigators said that from November 2022 to April 2023, Truesdale worked as a processing clerk at the Ballantyne Post Office. But all the while he was stealing, stealing, and stealing. We don’t know why Truesdale thought he was going to get away with this one.
Truesdale was in the best position to steal the checks because he worked as a mail processor and took advantage of his position to steal hundreds of checks from businesses that had post office boxes at the location where he worked.
According to a federal indictment, Truesdale is also accused of selling the stolen checks to individuals who then committed bank fraud. Investigators said that those individuals would deposit the checks into their bank accounts and then withdrawthe funds before the banks could detect any fraudulent activity.
Police said Truesdale stole over 200 checks.
If Truesdale is convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Dontavis was arrested and released on bond following his initial court appearance.
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