FBI Joins Investigation Into Postal Fraud Involving Shuls in the Tri-State


fbiThe FBI will be joining the effort to investigate recent reports of postal fraud involving stolen checks from shul mailboxes intended for donations and membership dues in Brooklyn, New York; Teaneck, New Jersey; and even Southfield, Michigan. The revelation of checks being stolen from shuls was first reported here on Matzav.com on December 22. To date, more than 15 shuls have been defrauded, and the FBI has asked Hikind to work with them by sharing information he obtains from local shuls.

In one case, a donation for $250 was altered and cashed for $1,250. The majority of the checks are being cleared through Enterprise Bank and Trust in Clayton, Missouri, as well as a cash-checking business in Florida. Checks which were paid out in Missouri were stamped “KR USA OP Acct.” The FBI is already aware of the so-called “KR USA” account and is investigating.

“I urge anyone with information relating to this case to please call my office at 718.853.9616,” said Hikind. “Every person who comes forward brings us that much closer to apprehending the people responsible for these monstrous acts.”

Assemblyman Dov Hikind has also encouraged the community to review returned checks to ensure the intended payee endorsed it, while synagogues are now taking precautions, including securing their mailboxes or installing mail slots in lieu of mailboxes in order to prevent future thefts.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. The checks were not deposited in the Clayton (St. Louis) Mo. branch of Enterprise. Clayton is merely the main bank address. Apparently they went through Kansas City.