NEW YORK, NY/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Three individuals have been arrested for the theft of checks from mailboxes in Wood-Ridge and bank fraud, according to Wood-Ridge Chief John Korin. 

Three individuals were arrested for the theft of approximately $50,000 in checks from the mailboxes in Wood-Ridge.  George A. Lyons, 53, of Bronx, NY, Glen J. Myers, 30, of Harlem, NY and Brandon Blake, 21, of Harlem, NY were arrested by the Wood-Ridge Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General.  The arrest warrants were issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York based on the collaborative investigations conducted by the Wood-Ridge Police Detective Bureau and Investigators from the USPIS and the USPS-OIG. 

Beginning in August 2018, all three defendants stole mail containing checks from the mailboxes in the Borough of Wood-Ridge either by a fishing device or having a USPS arrow key, explained Korin. The stolen checks were then altered by the defendants and deposited into bank accounts of unintended recipients. The defendants would then create fraudulent identifications to obtain a debit card, thus taking over the account and withdrawing thousands of dollars.  Lyons was observed on video surveillance depositing checks and withdrawing money in Carlstadt and Paterson, NJ bank locations while Blake and Myers were observed on surveillance video depositing and withdrawing money in multiple bank locations in Harlem, Bronx and Manhattan, NY. 

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All three defendants have already been arraigned in court and are pending trial for the following crimes: Aggravated Identity Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Theft. Blake and Myers posted $20,000 bail. Lyons was already in prison and remains there. 

Chief Korin commends Detective/Sergeant Joseph Biamonte, Detective Matthew Mueller, Detective David Marchitelli, Bergen County Prosecutors Office, USPIS and USPIS-OIG on a job well done.  He would also like to thank all law enforcement involved for their collaborative effort in the investigation and arrests of the three defendants.  Chief Korin reminds the public that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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