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Rip-Off Alert | Mail carrier steals check meant for childhood cancer non-profit

An Ohio mail carrier is facing felony charges and has been suspended from work after allegedly stealing a check. The check was supposed to go to a non-profit that gives wigs to children suffering from cancer. (KSNV file)

An Ohio mail carrier is facing felony charges and has been suspended from work after allegedly stealing a check. The check was supposed to go to a non-profit that gives wigs to children suffering from cancer.

Hairstylist Reniece Tatum designs wigs to uplift kids with cancer who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.

"I do want her to know that is not just for me. This is for children in need of a wig losing their hair," said Tatum. "Hair is everything. It's like their crowning glory that the kids can have."

The former Akron children's worker started "Dream a Wig" which is completely funded by donations. Each wig costs about $500.

"What's so cool about Dream a Wig is they actually help personalize their wigs themselves, so to fit their personality," said Tatum.

In October, Tatum had a Dream a Wig fundraiser at Chipotle, which then mailed her a check for $414. But instead of delivering it, Copley Police say her postal carrier, Shanae Bingham, stole the check, took a picture of it, then used a bank mobile app to deposit the money into her own account.The signature on the check looked like squiggly lines.

"That's not my handwriting," said Tatum.

Police say Bingham admitted to stealing the check and one other. She's charged with felony theft.

"From kids. It's children. So I don't know how she can steal from a child," said Tatum.

"When the police report was made to us and that the victim was Dream a Wig, we took that to heart particularly this time of year during the Christmas season," said Copley Police Chief Mike Mier.

In a statement, the Postal Service says the vast majority of workers are trustworthy and would never consider stealing from the mail, but Tatum feels betrayed and thinks mobile bank apps should have more safeguards.

"If it don't say your name on that check that you've taken a picture and it links back up, absolutely not. I don't think that's right because it was just too easy for her," said Tatum.

She also believes the mail carrier should be fired.

"She's gonna have to lose her job," said Tatum. "She works for the post office."

Tatum still hasn't seen any of the money from that check and could be in for a long wait.

The Postal Service says people convicted of mail theft are typically ordered to pay restitution.

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