NJ Man Admits Using Postal Workers, Students To Steal, Forge COVID Stimulus Checks

A Union County man admitted recruiting postal service employees to steal federal COVID stimulus checks and then paying high school students to help cash them, authorities said.

Tashon Ragan, 21, of Hillside was among a group of thieves associated with a group called “The Members” who paid US Postal Service employees in cash to steal credit cards and blank checkbooks from the mail, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said.

They then “forged the signatures of the accountholders and negotiated the checks by making them payable to individuals,” Honig said.

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