Brooklyn man pleads guilty to stealing $31,000 from victims in check theft scheme


A Brooklyn man plead guilty on Thursday to stealing over $31,000 in an elaborate check theft scheme, hitting the victims’ mailboxes and using stolen IDs in order to cash them. 

Prosecutors said Gennady Galker went around the Midwood section of Brooklyn and snagged checks from various mailboxes over the course of several months. 

Once he obtained the ill-gotten checks, the 40-year-old would use stolen and falsified identifications to cash them — and use the funds for personal expenses, like shopping outings.