LOS ANGELES (WJW) — Two men, including a United States Postal Service mail carrier, have been charged after they allegedly conspired to steal nearly $800,000 in COVID unemployment funds and steal US mail debit cards.
Stephen Glover, 32, of Palmdale, who worked at the Valencia Post Office, and Travis McKenzie, 26, of Valencia, who lived on Glover’s mail delivery route, are charged with mail fraud, according to A liberation of the US Department of Justice.
Court documents say that between August 2020 and February 2021, Glover and McKenzie allegedly obtained fraudulent debit cards in the victims’ names issued by the California Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment program.
The men allegedly stole the identities of about 50 victims, some of whom had never resided in, worked in, or even visited California, and used false claims claiming COVID-related job losses, the affidavit states.
The documents indicate that Glover and McKenzie allegedly shared money withdrawn using EDD debit cards, some of which had balances over $30,000.
Glover also allegedly stole mail containing more than $20,000 in personal and business checks belonging to third parties, according to the DOJ.
If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison.
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