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UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
CHARLOTTE DIVISION,
RICHMOND VA FIELD OFFICE
UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2009

Contact: Postal Inspector M.J. Romano, (804) 418-6123, MJRomano@uspis.gov

WANTED:
SUSPECTS IN IDENTITY THEFT AND BANK FRAUD RING
U.S. Postal Inspectors and Secret Service Agents Request Public's Help

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service are requesting the public’s help in locating fugitives and identifying suspects responsible for cashing and depositing stolen checks using fake identifications in the Washington, DC, area and in Richmond and Fredericksburg, VA.

Since January 2007, convicted ringleader Clyde Austin Gray, Jr. directed co-conspirators to steal wallets and bank account information from unsuspecting victims. Ring members then created counterfeit IDs to conduct fraudulent transactions at banks across the country.

In June 2009, federal arrest warrants were issued for 10 of the co-conspirators, including convicted ringleader Gray and convicted check casher Sylvester Vaughn. To date, federal authorities have arrested seven of the 10 conspirators. Three ring members are fugitives, including one in the Washington, DC, one in Chicago, and one in Miami, FL; and three unidentified suspects are still at large.

The case has received widespread media attention since Newsweek magazine published an article about the ring in August. U.S. Postal Inspectors and Secret Service Agents need your assistance in bringing to justice federal fugitives Sydney Anthony Charles, Wenona Latrice White, and George Lee Reid.

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GEORGE LEE REID, 41, is a lifelong Washington, DC, resident and is described as a black male, 6-ft. tall, 170 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. He has a moustache or a full beard.

WENONA LATRICE WHITE, 37, is a black female, 5’6,” 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. White is married and may be using the last name of “Lipsey.” White is allegedly 7 months’ pregnant and may be staying in or around Chicago, IL, or South Bend, IN.

SYDNEY ANTHONY CHARLES, 63, is described as a black male, 6’1,” 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Charles has a Jamaican accent and has ties to Washington, DC; Brooklyn, NY; Belmont, CA; and Miami, FL.

UNIDENTIFIED SUSPECT NUMBER 1 is a black male in his 50s or 60s, 5’9” to 5’11,” 150 to 170 lbs., with a white and gray moustache and glasses.

UNIDENTIFIED SUSPECT NUMBER 2 is a black female in her 40s to 50s, 5’3” to 5’6,” 140 to 160 lbs. She wears wigs to disguise her age and hair color.

UNIDENTIFIED SUSPECT NUMBER 3 is a black female in her 30s to 40s, 140 to 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She wears wigs to disguise her appearance and usually wears a gold chain with a gold cross.

Anyone with information should call toll-free 1-877-876-2455, option 2. DO NOT APPROACH ANY OF THE SUSPECTS. Write down a description and any vehicle information and contact police or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Identity theft and bank fraud are federal crimes, and offenders may be imprisoned up to 30 years.

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