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Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Steal Treasury Checks from the Mail and Cash Them Using False Driver's Licenses

On October 16, 2008, Maurice Whitfield, a/k/a David Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, forging an endorsement on a Treasury check, and aggravated identity theft. Beginning in May 2006 and continuing until May 2007, Mr. Whitfield was involved with a number of other individuals in a scheme to take United States Treasury checks from the mail using fraudulent identification documents, and cash those checks at local check cashing establishments by posing as the intended recipient of the check. As his part of the scheme, Mr. Whitfield cashed stolen Treasury checks using fake Maryland State Drivers Licenses. He was among eight individuals indicted in April 2008 in connection with this scheme.

This DOT/OIG investigation continues, and is being worked jointly with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General.