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Deputies: Mail thieves cash $20K in fake checks

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Deputies hope someone can identify these people accused in the counterfeit check cashing ring. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies hope someone can identify these people accused in the counterfeit check cashing ring. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies hope someone can identify several people they said have used counterfeit checks in several states, including South Carolina, that potentially could send one victim of the scheme to jail.

Spartanburg County deputies said the thieves are stealing mail from the victims' mailboxes, using their information to make counterfeit checks and then are cashing the checks at stores across Georgia and the Carolinas.

One of the victims has even been threatened with jail time by several collection agencies who said he owes them money, according to deputies. Investigators said more than 25 different checks have been written in the victim's name.

Investigators estimate at least $20,000 in loss because of the check cashing ring. They said the checks have been passed at stores like Lowes, Toys R Us, Hobby Lobby, Bi-Lo and Tractor Supply.

Along with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, Greer police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating the case.

Deputies said if someone's tip lead to the identification and arrest of the thieves, they may receive a substantial reward.

Anyone who can identify the people seen in the surveillance photos is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or Sgt. Tony Brown with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office at 864-503-4509.

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