Four Paterson men were charged with stealing $450,000 from Postal Service mailboxes from five New Jersey counties including Middlesex County, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said on Wednesday.

Aneuris Henriquez-Lopez, 24, Eleazer Peralta, 19, Fernando Santiago, 26, and Rikinson Rodriguez-Sanchez, 25, were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito said in a statement.

Henriquez-Lopez, Peralta and Santiago were arrested on Wednesday and scheduled to appear before a judge in Newark federal court, however, Rodriguez-Sanchez remains at large.

According to the filed criminal complaint, “The defendants allegedly stole checks from USPS mail collection boxes in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, and Middlesex counties, and elsewhere, and fraudulently deposited those checks into various bank accounts, often within a day of being stolen. Some of the mail collection boxes were broken into with the use of pry bars, usually late at night.”

The conspiracy to commit bank fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.