The Department of Justice shared last week that a United States postal service employee and two others have been charged in a scheme that involved more than $24 million worth of stolen checks.
The DOJ shared on Friday that Nakedra Shannon, 29, the postal worker, and Donnel Gardner, 27, and Desiray Carter, 24, all of Charlotte, North Carolina, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and five counts of theft of government property.
The DOJ is alleging that Shannon conspired with Gardner and Carter to steal incoming and outgoing checks in the mail. They then allegedly sold the stolen checks to other individuals.
Gardner would allegedly sell the checks through a Telegram channel that Carter would run, the indictment shared. The money was then split between the three.
In the release, the DOJ shared that Carter and Gardner have also been charged with seven counts of possession of stolen mail matter.
Shannon has been charged with eight counts of theft of mail by a postal employee, the DOJ shared.
“According to allegations in the indictment, from March 2021 to July 2023, Shannon was employed by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as a mail processing clerk at a USPS processing and distribution center in Charlotte,” the release said.
According to the release, more than $24 million in checks were stolen by the trio, including $12 million in stolen checks that had been posted for sale online and $8 million from the United States Treasury.
The scheme is believed to have resulted in the three making thousands of dollars in criminal proceeds.