A postal carrier from Hackensack stole and cashed checks sent to customers on his route in town, in Leonia and in Maywood, said federal authorities who arrested him Wednesday.
Juan Torres, 27, deposited the money into a bank account he controlled, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.
Torres was scheduled for a first appearance via videoconference Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark.
Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General have charged him with mail theft and bank fraud.
Carpenito credited the agents and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the investigation leading to Wednesday’s arrest.
He also thanked special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation and the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for their assistance.
U.S. Attorney Elaine K. Lou of Carpenito’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark is handling the investigation.
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