GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The second of two men accusing of scheming to steal mail in the Holland area in order to cash bogus checks now faces a federal charge.
Chad Mitchell Weener was indicted Tuesday on a charge of possessing stolen mail, according to federal court records.
Authorities say Weener is the accomplice of Zachary Thomas, who was charged with mail theft and bank fraud in May. The pair allegedly stole mail from Holland-area residents, taking bank account checks and credit card convenience checks. They would either write those checks to themselves or use residents’ information to forge checks and then cash them via ATM before banks could realize they were bad.
Weener was arrested in April in Berrien County’s Coloma Township after allegedly trying to cash a bad check at a supermarket, according to federal court documents. When police arrested him, he had another person’s driver’s license in his wallet and a backpack containing stolen mail.
In court records, a federal agent said Weener admitted stealing the mail at Thomas’ direction and that Thomas was teaching him from which neighborhoods to steal the mail and what things were the best things to take. Weener then directed authorities to a dumpster at a Saugatuck gas station where he had gotten rid of some 1,000 pieces of mail.
Federal authorities say Weener and Thomas were caught on a surveillance camera depositing apparently stolen or forged checks at the ATM at a Grandville bank.