STRATFORD, Conn. -- A Stratford couple and a Bridgeport man have been indicted in a postal money order scheme and are accused of imprinting and cashing more than $300,000 in stolen money orders from the U.S. Post Office in Old Greenwich, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
A federal grand jury in New Haven returned the 15-count indictment charging Marc Alexander, 35, of Stratford and Oxford, Rachel Alexander, also known as Rachel Vierling, 38, of Stratford and Oxford, and Bernard Harris, 42, of Bridgeport, with participating in a stolen postal money order scheme.
The indictment was returned April 19 and was unsealed after the three were arrested April 26.
According to the indictment, Marc Alexander and Rachel Alexander, along with others, would imprint the postal money orders with various denominations using a computer font designed to make them appear to be authentic. The two, along with Harris and the other unidentified accomplices, would then deposit the postal money orders into numerous bank accounts, either at an ATM or at a bank teller window.
Members of the group then withdrew and used the money. At times, they also used the money orders to make payments to other individuals, Daly said.
Each of the three was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud. Each charge carries a maximum term of 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
Marc Alexander and Rachel Alexander were detained without bond. Harris was released on a $125,000 bond, added Daly.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force¸ U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Westport Police Department and the Greenwich Police Department.
Individuals with information about this matter are encouraged to call the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force at 203-782-7333.