ATLANTA -- A former postal employee is accused of stealing mail and negotiating forged checks.

According to U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak, 41-year-old Zachery Adam Johnson was indicted by a felony grand jury on Aug. 16 for allegedly burglarizing a post office. He was arraigned in court Tuesday.

Officials said in June, surveillance cameras captured Johnson allegedly cashing a forged check at a SunTrust Bank in Loganville. A couple of days later, Johnson allegedly tried to cash another check at a Regions Bank in Snellville.

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Employees at Regions recognized the account holder's signature looked suspicious and called their customer to find out if he had written the check. After learning that the check was forged, the bank employees called police.

“Johnson allegedly abused his position as a former postal employee to exploit the U.S. mail system in order to steal identities and commit bank fraud, said U.S. Attorney Pak. “We are determined to safeguard our citizens from identify theft, as well as protecting the integrity of the postal and banking systems from these types of schemes.”

Snellville Police arrested Johnson and he was later released on bond.

While on bond, officials said Johnson was captured twice on a surveillance camera, allegedly stealing letters from a U.S. Post Office on Oak Road in Snellville. Authorities said they found a large quantity of stolen mail during a search of Johnson's car.

He's facing bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen mail, postal burglary, and mail theft, which are all federal charges.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service remains dedicated to the mission of protecting the nation’s mail system from criminal misuse,” said David M. McGinnis, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division. “By working together with the Snellville Police Department, we were able to apprehend a subject that stole for his personal financial gain."

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