Counterfeiters stole $6M in checks from US Postal Service, AG says

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December 18, 2013 4:02:39 PM PST
Five people have been charged in an elaborate counterfeit check ring involving $6 million worth of business checks stolen from a U.S. Postal Service processing center in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors say the scheme involved four men from Pennsylvania and one from New York City, and checks stolen from the post office between 2010 and 2012.

Three of the suspects, including two former Wells Fargo bank employees, allegedly worked together with others to open bank accounts using the doctored checks, then withdraw money immediately.

Investigators say two others used the stolen checks in internet scams, telling victims to open bank accounts using the doctored checks.

Prosecutors say some of the transactions took place at the Wells Fargo branch at 34th and Chestnut Streets in University City.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office says three of the suspects are now in custody, while two remain at large.

Here is a list of the men charged:

Still at large:

  • Traore Boubacar, 36, 2658 S. Lloyd St., Philadelphia, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal attempt, one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of forgery, one count of bad checks, one count of securing execution of documents by deception and one count of identity theft.

  • Amed Conde, 43, 3900 City Ave., Apt. D727, Philadelphia, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal attempt, one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of forgery, one count of bad checks, one count of securing execution of documents by deception and one count of identity theft.

    In custody:

  • Jeremy Gekonge, 29, 3042 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal attempt, one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of forgery, one count of bad checks, one count of securing execution of documents by deception and one count of identity theft.

  • Saheed Adebayo, 58, 333 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal attempt, one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and one count of receiving stolen property.

  • Adebisis Oladipupo, 35, 320 Nate Ellis Drive, Chester, Chester County, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal attempt, one count of theft by deception, one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and one count of receiving stolen property.


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