When a man in Cape Cod stopped getting his mail for about a week, he decided to check out what was happening. Investigators soon learned the man’s mailbox was being used by someone else to ship what appeared to be stolen Fitbits.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation led to the arrest of a Togolese national on mail fraud and identity theft. Roukayatou Damerogo, 32, a citizen of the Republic of Togo, who lives in Connecticut was arrested Friday and will appear in federal court next month.
A Cape Cod man found out in August that someone put a mail hold at his home. The man went to United States Postal Service branch in Brewster to pick up his mail and discovered a box addressed to him.
Inside the box, according to authorities, was 10 new Fitbits. The man never ordered them.
“The customer had previously been the victim of fraudulent credit card transactions and believed the Fitbit purchases stemmed from the compromised credit card,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Damerogo called the USPS service branch on Aug. 16 and asked about the package of Fitbits, federal court records show. A couple of days later, she showed up to pick up the items, but police were waiting.
Federal court records said Damerogo admitted she knew the package didn’t belong to her. She told investigators someone else paid her to pick up the package.
Investigators asked Damerogo to look through her cell phone, but she asked for it to be returned so she could delete “naked photos” of herself, records state. Detectives believed she was instead deleting pictures of driver’s licenses, identification cards and other information related to the ruse.
Damerogo told investigators a man named “Nana” would call her and tell her where to pick up packages. The man would give her fake licenses, records said. Damerogo had a fake driver’s license on her, investigators said.
Based on federal records, it appears the investigation into fraud is ongoing. Damerogo had another package in her vehicle and the items had also been stolen, records said. The package was shipped to someone in Westfield. That person was a victim of identity fraud as well.