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2 charged with mail theft, fraud

Two men were charged with using stolen checks to commit mail fraud.

Dayquan Jackson, 26, of Bridgeport, and Eric Watkins, 25, of Stratford, were each charged with theft of mail, mail fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy in connection with a stolen check scheme.

According to the indictment, the scheme arose out of the theft of mail by Jackson and others from residences in Fairfield County throughout 2013 and 2014, the purpose of which was to obtain either blank checks or credit card "convenience checks."

The two then used the stolen checks in two separate ways. First, they bought vehicles—cars, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles— listed for sale on the Internet from unsuspecting victims in surrounding states.

Second, Jackson provided the stolen checks to "runners" to deposit in the runners' accounts and then he withdrew money from the runners' accounts.

If convicted, they face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of mail fraud. If convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud, they face a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million. Jackson also faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 in connection with one count of theft of mail and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million on each count of bank fraud.

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