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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mail carrier is accused of stealing over $1 million through a scheme that delivered bogus tax refunds.

Oscar Lopez, 36, was charged Thursday with conspiracy and theft of government funds.

The Brooklyn resident allegedly carried out the crime from June 2010 to May 2012 while he was delivering mail in the Bronx.

“As a taxpayer and a United States Postal Service employee, I find the allegations against the defendant disturbing,” said Philip Bartlett, head of the New York office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “I have little tolerance for those who would use their position of public trust to facilitate criminal activity.”

U.S. Postal Service Agent Kevin Adams said in a criminal complaint that Lopez and others stole Social Security numbers from unsuspecting U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico in order to rip off the U.S. Treasury.

Adams said the victims in Puerto Rico were unlikely to file tax…

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