56 arrested in alleged $5-million stolen check scheme targeting hundreds of Californians

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Fifty-six people have been arrested in connection with the theft of nearly $5 million from hundreds of California residents in a widespread stolen check scheme, authorities said Friday.

The suspects began operating the scheme in 2018 and targeted more than 750 victims across several counties, including Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta said in a release.

They are accused of altering stolen checks, depositing them into bank accounts and withdrawing the money from ATMs before banks discovered the forgeries, according to the release. The suspects then allegedly used the money to fund other crimes.

“Let this be a strong warning to anyone seeking to steal people’s hard-earned money: We will find you, and we will hold you accountable,” Bonta said.

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