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Police Arrest 3 in Seaford Racketeering Ring

Vinod Singh Vinod Singh
Terretta L. Lassiter Terretta L. Lassiter
Thaddeus E. Bolden Thaddeus E. Bolden

SEAFORD, Del.-Delaware State Police, in cooperation with the United States Secret Service and United States Postal Inspection Service, have arrested three people in connection with a Nigerian scam.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation that got under way on Feb. 7, when
detectives with the DSP Financial Crimes Unit out of Troop 4 in Georgetown received information from the Marion Police Department in Iowa about some stolen property that had been shipped to an address in Delaware. 

Police said detectives then obtained a search warrant of the house located in the 8000 block of Garden Lane in Seaford, and upon execution were unable to locate the property in question. Investigators said the homeowner was questioned about any packages that arrived at the house and informed the investigators that 35-year-old Vinod Singh of Seaford had met with a FedEx delivery person and signed for the packages earlier that day.
Detectives said they then responded to a home on Baker Mill Road in Seaford where Singh actually lives. He was contacted and questioned about the packages and provided information about receiving a phone call about a job opportunity after posting a resume online, according to police. Police said Singh's job was to pick up two packages, which contained iPods, iPhones, jewelry, and approximately $15,000 in cash, that was to be delivered to an address on Garden Lane and then continue to send them on to another undetermined address, and, at that time, he would receive cash for his services. 

Troopers said Singh then conspired with his niece, 22-year-old Terretta L. Lassiter and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Thaddeus E. Bolden, both of Seaford, after bringing the packages to their house, to wire the enclosed money to the employer in Nigeria.
Police said that through the investigation it was also determined that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service had been alerted back in February regarding an identity theft and credit card account takeover after Bank of America credit cards were being fraudulently issued to an address in the 8000 block of Garden Lane in Seaford. 

According to investigators, the suspects would impersonate the card holder, and using stolen information of the account holder request a new card be sent to the Seaford address. Police said that upon receipt of the new card, the suspect, who was later identified as Singh, would make numerous cash advances at local banks and casinos totaling more than $50,000.
Singh, Lassiter and Bolden were all arrested at Troop 4 on Monday, Aug. 26, upon the conclusion of the joint investigation. All three were charged with racketeering, money laundering, receiving stolen property over $1,500 and second-degree conspiracy. Singh was additionally charged with
theft greater than $50,000.

Singh was released on $38,000 unsecured bond while Lassiter and Bolden were released on $31,000 unsecured bond each.
The homeowner at the Garden Lane address was unaware of any of the illegal acts being conducted and had no involvement in the crimes in any way, police said.

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