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

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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