By Andrew Jose November 20, 2023 at 1:21pm
An employee with the United States Postal Service was accused of stealing checks worth at least $24 million from the postal service and colluding with two others to sell the stolen checks, according to prosecutors.
Charlotte, North Carolina, resident 29-year-old Nakedra Shannon was working for the postal service between March 2021 and July 2023, when she allegedly began stealing checks towards the end of her time with her employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina announced Friday.
She and fellow Charlotte residents 27-year-old Donnell Gardner, and 24-year-old Desiray Carter were hit with charges of one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and five counts of theft of government property.
Carter and Gardner face an additional seven counts of possession of stolen mail, while Shannon faces an additional eight counts of theft of mail by a postal employee, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Authorities unsealed the federal indictment against the trio after their first court appearance.
The scheme, according to prosecutors, lasted between April and July 2023.
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The trio, according to the indictment, were accused of stealing over $12 million in checks, which they later allegedly sold on a Telegram channel named OG Glass House, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Shannon, Gardner, and Carter also allegedly stole over $8 million worth of U.S. Treasury checks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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According to reporting from NBC News, the Telegram channel was run by Carter, who used the username “SW1PER” on the app.
On the channel, Carter would put out advertisements for selling the stolen checks. Then, Gardner would send the buyer the stolen checks, the indictment alleged, according to NBC News.
Any money from the sale, according to the indictment, would be split between Carter and Shannon getting 50 percent, while Gardner got the remaining 50 percent, NBC News reported.