A man has admitted to stealing (dollar)1.3 million in church donation checks.


A man has admitted to stealing (dollars)1.3 million in church donation checks.

GREENBELT, Md. – The city of Greenbelt is located in the state of Maryland.

According to federal prosecutors, a Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme to steal donation checks mailed to religious institutions.

According to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office for Maryland on Friday, Mateus Vaduva, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.

According to his guilty plea, Vaduva and his co-conspirators planned to steal checks intended for religious institutions from the mail and deposit the money into fake bank accounts between June 2018 and January 2021.

Prosecutors claimed that the conspirators drove to churches and religious institutions’ roadside mailboxes and removed the mail, focusing on donation checks.

According to the news release, the suspects deposited at least 3,067 stolen checks totaling more than (dollar)1.3 million from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and elsewhere.

When Vaduva is sentenced in February 2022, he could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

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