Postal worker arrested for alleged credit card and check theft in Verona – MyVeronaNJ
A U.S. Postal Service employee was arrested today for allegedly committing a spate of credit card and check thefts that affected residents of Montclair and Verona.
Acting US attorney Rachael A. Honig has announced that Parrish Brookins, 29, of East Orange has been charged with one count of mail theft by a postal service agent or employee. Brookins appeared in Newark federal court this afternoon by video conference and was released on $ 50,000 bail.
According to the state attorney’s office, the alleged thefts began in January 2021 with credit cards mailed to addresses on the Verona and Montclair postal routes, and continued until September, when checks , including stimulus checks issued by the US Treasury Department, were also being stolen. The district attorney said in a press release that the flights took place on the same or roughly the same dates that Brookins delivered mail on those routes.
Verona Police Chief Christopher Kiernan said a VPD officer worked tirelessly to help resolve the case. “In a coordinated effort with the United States Postal Police, Detective TJ Conroy spent many hours developing leads and following up on various pieces of information about these crimes, resulting in a sufficiently probable cause to lay charges. “said Kiernan. “I applaud him for his tenacity in this investigation and his attempt to put an end to this series of credit card thefts from numerous victims in Verona.”
This may not be the last word on this matter. Kiernan also said there are more than 20 victims of check theft in Verona who are still part of an active investigation.
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