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Wausau couple charged in mail theft scheme

WAUSAU (WAOW) – A Wausau couple stole mail from mailboxes and obtained some credit cards and personal checks which were illegally used, according to a criminal complaint. One of the alleged victims was 86 years old.

Ger Mou, 25, and Lao Vang, 28, were each charged last week with felonies, including mail fraud, credit card fraud or forgery, in incidents that allegedly occurred in the Wausau area in December and January, court records said. Vang was charged as a repeat offender, meaning punishments if he is convicted would be more severe.

Vang is to return to court Monday for a preliminary hearing, online Marathon County Circuit Court records said. Mou's preliminary hearing was set for March 4.

The criminal complaint identifies at least six people who reported stolen mail.

One woman told police she sought a new debit card because of concerns about the Target breach of credit cards and never received it before nearly $1,000 in charges were made to it, the complaint said.

Investigators used video at ATM's and other places to help unravel the theft, which included using stolen cards or personal checks to buy diapers, and link the scheme to the couple, the complaint said.

A search of the home Vang and Moua shared found evidence of efforts to make fake Wisconsin photo identifications and materials that police said could be used for “washing” checks, a process of erasing pen ink from a check without destroying it so it can be rewritten, the complaint said.

A paper shredder was also found in the home, the complaint said.

Investigators reported that after “combing through the shreddings, we identified a total of 58 possible victims of mail theft,” the complaint said.

An 86-year-old woman whose name was found among the shreddings told police she had closed an account with the Marathon County
Employees Credit Union and was expecting a check for about $2,100 from the credit union in the mail but it never arrived, the complaint said.

One woman told police that a check she had written for $3.90 and mailed to a Wausau business was altered to $300 and changed to be “paid to the order of Kou Yang,” the complaint said. Police compared photos of a drivers license used to cash the check at a drive-thru bank and linked it to Moua, the complaint said.

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