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UPDATE: New Charges for Wausau Mail Theft Suspect

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: Mon 3:24 PM, April 7

More criminal charges have been filed against one of two people accused of stealing mail from mailboxes earlier this year.

Lao Vang, 28, is charged with mail fraud, and two counts of credit card fraud. Ger Moua is charged with two counts of forgery, mail fraud, two counts of credit card fraud, and two counts of obstructing an officer. The alleged crimes occurred Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014.

Now, Moua faces an additional charge forgery after she's accused of stealing mail from the mailbox at Gordman's in Rib Mountain. The newest charge reportedly occurred during the same time frame as the previous charges, but did not immediately have the information needed to file the charge against Moua.

Investigators say Moua stole a check to Gordman's written for $47.00. Police say she changed the pay to order line to herself, and changed the amount to $650.00. According to the police report surveillance video captured Moua's vehicle at a Wausau credit union on the date the check was cashed.

Prosecutors also filed two additional counts of bail jumping after she's accused of accepting a call from Lao Vang while remained in custody-- a violation of the terms of her bond.

Only Moua was charged with bail jumping because prosecutors say Vang remained in custody.

Ger Moua is free on a $5,000 signature bond. She's expected to be formally charged in the newest case on April 17. She's expected to enter a plea in the previous case on June 6.

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UPDATE: Wed 2:20 PM, April 2, 2014

A five-day trial is expected to begin in September for one of two people accused of stealing mail from mailboxes in search of checks and personal information.

Lao Vang, 28, with mail fraud, and two counts of credit card fraud. His girlfriend, Ger Moua, 25, is charged with two counts of forgery, mail fraud, two counts of credit card fraud, and two counts of obstructing an officer. The alleged crimes occurred Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014.

Prosecutors say the two would then wash the ink from the checks they stole and change the amount and the payee.

Moua is expected to enter a plea on June 6.

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UPDATE: Mon 10:35 PM, Mar 10, 2014

A 28-year-old Wausau man charged with stealing mail from mailboxes has pleaded not guilty.

Lao Vang entered the plea Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court. Vang, and his girlfriend, Ger Moua, 25, are accused of targeting random houses looking for checks in outgoing mail. Prosecutors say the two would then wash the ink from the check and change the amount and the payee.

Vang is charged with mail fraud, and two counts of credit card fraud. Moua is charged with two counts of forgery, mail fraud, two counts of credit card fraud, and two counts of obstructing an officer. The alleged crimes occurred Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014.

Detectives says Moua went so far to cover tracks she had a fake driver's license, with an altered birthdate, address, and driver's license number to avoid a paper trail when cashing altered checks.

Moua is expected to enter a plea on June 6.

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UPDATE: Fri 2:52 PM, Feb. 21, 2014

The case against a Wausau couple accused of stealing mail from strangers' mailboxes is moving forward.

Ger Moua, 25, and Lao Vang, 28, both appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday.

Vang is charged with mail fraud, and two counts of credit card fraud. Moua is charged with two counts of forgery, mail fraud, two counts of credit card fraud, and two counts of obstructing an officer. The alleged crimes occurred Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014.

Court documents state the suspects would take items from peoples' mailboxes and would use what was stolen to get money or order other items.

Detectives says Moua went so far to cover tracks she had a fake driver's license, with an altered birthdate, address, and driver's license number to avoid a paper trail when cashing altered checks.

Vang is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges on March 10. Moua will return to court on March 4 to learn if her case will head to trial.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 7:25 PM, Feb. 5, 2014

A Wausau couple is facing serious fraud charges after they're accused of stealing mail from mailboxes resulting in about 40 potential victims.

Lieutenant William Kolb of the Wausau Police Department says in the 20 years he's been working at the Department, he's never seen a fraud case of this magnitude. He says the losses are in the range of tens of thousands of dollars and that's just in what they were able to recover from the shreddings they found in the suspects' residence.

Lao Vang, 28, is charged with mail fraud, and two counts of credit card fraud. Ger Moua, 25, is charged with two counts of forgery, mail fraud, two counts of credit card fraud, and two counts of obstructing an officer. The alleged crimes occurred Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014.

Court documents state the suspects would take items from peoples' mailboxes and would use what was stolen to get money or order other items. According to the criminal complaint, multiple jurisdictions noted evidence connections to Vang and Moua's residence.

According to the criminal complaint, in one case the suspects are accused of stealing two payable checks in outgoing mail. Investigators believe the suspects washed the ink from the checks using acetone, then attempted to write them out for different amounts to a different company.

The alleged victim in that case said she was contacted by Littelton Coin Company in New Hampshire stating she owed $75 for an ordered she had placed. The billing account was the woman's, however the shipping address was Ger Moua's.

Detectives says Moua went so far to cover tracks she had a fake driver's license, with an altered birthdate, address, and driver's license number to avoid a paper trail when cashing altered checks.

An employee from Littleton Coin Company told police there were several recent orders to Moua and Vang's address, and was able to provide billing information, which uncovered other potential victims. Including a check for $8,500, however that check was send back. The company advised they had canceled some of the orders due to not being able to verify the account information.

According to court documents a search warrant was executed at the suspects home on Jan. 29. Detectives searched through paper shreddings an identified a total of 58 possible victims of mail theft. Lt. Kolb says they have since learned that some of the victims are duplicates. Investigators were unsure how credit card number for three individuals were obtained.

Lt. Kolb says none of the victims appear to have anything in common. He says the suspects were taking mail out of random mailboxes; using what they could, and would shred what they couldn't.

Vang will return to court on Feb. 10. Moua will return to court on March 4 to learn if her case will head to trial.


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