ATLANTA - Fifteen defendants have been sentenced for their part in a ring that stole over $10 million in U.S. Treasury checks from the mail and then cashed them at Walmart and Kroger stores around the country using fake identifications. The sentences ranged from two to ten years in prison for members of the ring.

“This sentencing marks a success for our multi-agency Stolen Treasury Check Task Force, which targets the widespread problem of U.S. Treasury check thefts in Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Criminals who steal Treasury checks victimize senior citizens, the disabled, veterans, and hard-working taxpayers who have earned these funds and depend on them. As this case shows, we will pursue these theft rings and hold them accountable regardless of how far away they go to cash the checks and avoid detection.”

“The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General takes allegations of mail theft seriously and vigorously investigates these matters to protect the overall integrity of the Postal Service,” said Special Agent in Charge Imari R. Niles.

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: Maurice Shuler and Milton Minter received stolen U.S. Treasury checks that were taken from the U.S. Mail before reaching their intended recipients. The checks included tax refund, Social Security, and veterans checks.

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