3 more arrested in Houston-area stolen mail ring

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area stolen mail investigation has led to three more arrests and another suspect sought in a scam involving homeless people cashing altered checks.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the search continues for 44-year-old Donnell Thomas, who faces a forgery charge.

Investigators on Tuesday said more than a dozen people were charged with forgery in the mail theft ring. Three more suspects were recently arrested on organized crime charges.

Authorities believe the scheme has operated since 2007. Checks were stolen from mailboxes of residences and apartment buildings. The thieves would then hire homeless and low-income people to cash the altered checks at Houston-area businesses — in exchange for a percentage of the money.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors are working with the sheriff's department on the investigation.

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