Customs inspector is facing California mail theft charges

A longtime U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been arrested on federal charges that allege that he stole mail from an international mail processing facility in Torrance, California, and arranged to have an accomplice deposit checks obtained from the stolen mail.

The officer, Carlos Canjura, 54, of Van Nuys, was arrested Tuesday without incident by special agents with the FBI. The arrest came after Canjura, who has been a Customs and Border Protection officer since 2008, was named in an eight-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 4.

At an arraignment U. S. District Court, Canjura pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment and was released on his own recognizance.

According to the indictment, Canjura was assigned to the mail processing facility, where his duties included examining mail and parcels coming into the United States for contraband, counterfeit goods, and possible fraudulent financial checks or credit cards.  The facility is operated by the U. S. Postal Service and is a location where international mail is processed to ensure compliance with federal law before being delivered to addresses in the United States.

According to the indictment, Canjura stole mail that contained traveler’s checks and third-party checks. Canjura allegedly provided the stolen checks to other people, who altered the checks and deposited them into bank accounts at Bank of America.

The indictment specifically alleges that Canjura stole four checks with a cumulative value of more than $15,000.

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