NEWARK, N.J. — A U.S. Postal Service employee who lives in Hackensack was arrested today after investigators claim he allegedly stole mail and committed bank fraud, from stealing mailed checks to fraudulently depositing them without authorization.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney District of New Jersey, 27-year-old Juan Torres was charged Wednesday with one count of bank fraud and one count of mail theft.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Postal Service — the Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service — with the investigation. The team found that certain checks that were addressed to third-party victims and mailed to addresses on postal routes in Hackensack, Leonia and Maywood were stolen around the time that Torres had been delivering mail on those said routes and subsequently and fraudulently deposited by Torres from November 2019 to January 11 of this year. Investigators say Torres deposited those checks in New Jersey and elsewhere into a bank account he had access to.

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The bank fraud charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1 million. Mail theft is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of a quarter million dollars.

Torres appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor via video conference.