SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A months-long joint investigation conducted by the Scotch Plains Police Detective Bureau and agents from the Office of Inspector General and U.S. Postal Inspector Service resulted in the July 20 arrest of Emmon Lee 23, from Somerset, NJ, for 3rd degree theft, 3rd degree conspiracy, and 4th degree credit card theft, according to police.
The investigation began after Scotch Plains police received numerous complaints from township residents indicating that they were experiencing fraudulent activity on their credit cards and personal checks that were never delivered to their homes.
Detective Brian Hayeck compiled a list of victims, some of whom had not yet reported the crime to the police, but instead notified various postal offices. With assistance from postal agents, Emmon Lee, a mail carrier for the Scotch Plains Post Office, was identified as a suspect.
"I want to commend Detective Hayeck for his diligent work over a period of time that resulted in the arrest of the suspect in the credit card fraud case that targeted Scotch Plains residents," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. "It was a job well done by all involved."
The investigation found that Lee was removing mail which he believed contained credit cards and personal checks prior to delivering his route. The mail was then sold for an undetermined amount of money to another involved party, who would then make fraudulent purchases and withdrawals.
It is estimated that Lee was responsible for stealing mail from approximately 20 residents, resulting in a monetary loss exceeding $80,000, according to police. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Aug. 4.