Camden man admits stealing $70,000 in checks from mailboxes and mail trucks

    Yet another hint to switch to online banking and direct deposit: A Camden man has admitted to stealing checks from mailboxes and mail trucks in connection with an identity-theft scheme.

    As reported in the Gloucester County Times, Nathaniel Johnson, 42, pleaded guilty to theft of  government funds. Johnson said that he and his wife, Lakisha Scanes, 30, stole mail from postal vehicles and mailboxes in and around Camden from November 2009 through last April.

    Their haul included Social Security, unemployment and tax-refund checks.  Johnson said that he recruited other individuals to help cash the stolen checks, and also used the info from the checks to obtain bogus IDs for those cashing the checks.

    Johnson will be sentenced May 16.

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