Clay County couple says someone stole the check they mailed, forged it

By: Jenna Bourne , Action News Jax

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A Clay County couple said someone stole a $40 check from their mail and turned it into a $940 check.

It’s the third report of local mail theft Action News Jax has investigated this week.

Clay County USPS customer Mark has asked Action News Jax not to report his last name because whoever stole his mail already knows where he lives.

Mark said he dropped the envelope containing a $40 check to Comcast in an indoor drop box at the Green Cove Springs post office on 500 Palmer St.

But Mark said that check never arrived at its destination.

“About 2-3 weeks later, we got an overdraft charge on our bank account,” said Mark. “The check was doctored. Everything was whited out on it.”

He said the check was altered to $940 and the recipient was changed from Comcast to “cash.”

“We saw your piece on the news where it’s happened in Jacksonville, so we figured we would call you,” said Mark.

On Monday, Action News Jax uncovered that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating reports of mail theft in Jacksonville involving the outdoor mail box at the post office on 1440 Edgewood Avenue West.

On Tuesday, a Jacksonville woman reported her diamond ring was stolen out of a USPS package.

“Anybody that works for the post office could take anything they want,” said Mark. “Nobody has access to that box except for postal workers.”

“We do everything we can to safeguard the mail,” said the supervisor at the Green Cove Springs post office.

She said she’s not aware of a recurring problem there.

The USPS Inspection Service has not responded to Action News Jax’s questions.

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