The person given the checks “would walk right in the bank and present their ID, and they would scan the check. It’s a good checking account. And they would cash a check,” Mason said.
Kettering police know of five people suspected of cashing the checks but do not have a suspect in the thefts, Mason said.
The checks are being cashed at various banks in southwest Ohio, complicating the investigation by involving multiple jurisdictions, he said.
Federal mail theft is a felony, punishable up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000, records show.
Anyone who suspects they have been victimized by these crimes is being asked to call Mason at 937-296-2583.