- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted 19 people accused in a scheme to steal and cash U.S. Treasury checks and to use fraudulently obtained credit cards.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta says between June 2012 and September 2014 the defendants worked together to steal the checks from various sources, including the U.S. mail.

Prosecutors say some defendants got the stolen checks and sold them to purchasers who would pay others to make fake driver’s licenses matching the names and addresses of the victims but with the photos of “check runners” who would use the fake licenses to cash the checks.

Some of the defendants are also accused of using fake identification documents to fraudulently request replacement store credit cards in the names of customers at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.

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