Three Seaford Residents Charged In Racketeering Ring - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Three Seaford Residents Charged In Racketeering Ring

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35-year-old Vinod Singh, of Seaford 35-year-old Vinod Singh, of Seaford
Terretta Lassiter, 22, of Seaford Terretta Lassiter, 22, of Seaford
Thaddeus Boldon, 26, of Seaford Thaddeus Boldon, 26, of Seaford

SEAFORD, Del. - Three people were arrested after a seven month investigation reportedly revealed their involvement in a scam. Delaware State Police say in February they started investigating a "Nigerian Scam," after they were contacted by an Iowa Police Department about stolen property that had been sent to a 8000 block Garden Lane address, in Seaford.

DSP searched the home, and reportedly weren't able to find the stolen property, but after speaking with the homeowner they apparently learned that 35-year-old Vinod Singh, of Seaford, had signed for the FedEx packages earlier that day. Police say they moved on to a Baker Mill Road home in Seaford, where Singh actually lives, and they talked to him about the packages.

According to the report, Singh had posted a resume online, and got a call about a job, which was that he had to pickup two packages at the Garden Lane home, which held iPods, iPhones, jewelry, and $15,000 in cash, then send them to another address. After he did that, he would apparently receive payment for his services. Police say that Singh brought both his niece, Terretta Lassiter, 22, and her boyfriend, Thaddeus Boldon, 26, both of Seaford, into it, after bringing the packages to their house, to wire the enclosed money to the employer in Nigeria.

During the investigation, DSP discovered the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was also conducting an investigation about identity theft and credit card account takeovers involving the same Garden Lane home address. According to the report, that investigation started after Bank of America credit cards were being fraudulently issued to that address, by the suspects impersonating the card holder, and then using the stolen information to request a new card be sent to the Seaford address. After they got the new card, Police say Singh would make cash advances at local banks and casinos, that totaled more than $50,000.

All three suspects were arrested on Monday, and charged with racketeering, money laundering, receiving stolen property over $1,500, and 2nd degree conspiracy. Singh was additionally charged with theft greater than $50,000. All three were later released on bond. Police want to make clear that the homeowner at the Garden Lane house, didn't know about the reportedly illegal acts, and had no involvement in the alleged crimes.

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