Three Seaford residents were arrested Aug. 26 for their involvement in a Nigerian scam.
According to the Delaware State Police, an investigation into this scam began in early February after detectives received information from the Marion Police Department in Iowa regarding stolen property that had been shipped to a Delaware address. A search warrant was obtained for the residence on Garden Lane in Seaford; however upon execution police were not able to locate the property in question. The homeowner told police that 35-year-old Vinod Singh had met with a FedEx delivery person at the residence and signed for packages.
Police said they responded to Singh’s actual residence on Baker Mill Road in Seaford. Singh reportedly told police that he’d received a phone call about a job opportunity after posting a resume online. Singh told police his job was to pick up two packages containing iPods, iPhones, jewelry and about $15,000 in cash. Singh said the packages were to be delivered to the Garden Lane address then sent to another undetermined address and, at that time, he would receive cash for his services. Police said Singh conspired with his niece, 22-year-old Terretta L. Lassiter, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Thaddeus E. Bolden. Police said after Singh brought the packages to the couple’s house, the plan was to wire the money to the employer in Nigeria.
Police said it was also determined the U.S. Postal Service had been alerted in early February of an identity theft and credit card account takeover after Bank of America credit cards were fraudulently issued to the Garden Lane residence in Seaford. Police said the suspect would impersonate the card holder and would use stolen information to request a new card. Upon receipt of the new card, the suspect, later identified by police as Singh, made numerous cash advances at local banks and casinos totaling more than $50,000.
Singh, Lassiter and Bolden are charged with racketeering, money laundering, receiving stolen property over $1,500 and second degree conspiracy. Singh is also charged with theft greater than $50,000. All have been released on unsecured bonds.
Police said the Garden Lane homeowner was unaware of any illegal acts being conducted and had no involvement in the crimes in any way.