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Mail theft victims have lost faith in U.S. Postal Service

October 17, 2022
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It’s an average day spent relaxing at home until your bank calls to say someone you’ve never heard of has cashed a $13,000 check against your account.

That’s what happened to Galveston resident Joe Blackshear, just one of the many victims of the more than $1 million mail theft and check fraud enterprise involving Galveston’s Bob Lyons Post Office and the drop boxes it services.

Blackshear had written a check for $6,200 to his credit card company. He dropped it in a blue U.S. Postal Service box at 62nd Street and Stewart Road.

It was altered through a chemical process called washing and negotiated for $13,000, he said.

Over the past few weeks, The Daily News has interviewed six people with stories similar to Blackshear’s. They were stung for various amounts totaling $141,000. They form a small sample of a much larger group of victims, including at least 140 cases totaling more than $1 million reported to the Galveston Police Department.

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