Richard Bennett New mail service owner arrested

Richard Bennett, New mail service owner arrested

By Polly Sears

The owner of a new private mail service in Aberdeen was arrested Tuesday for allegedly writing thousands of dollars of checks on closed accounts, according to police.

Felon Richard W Bennett Aberdeen WashingtonRichard Bennett, 50, signed bad checks for everything from supplies to paychecks, police say. Bennett, owner and manager of The Mailbox & More on Heron Street, is also believed to be the paroled convict who in 1986 was caught operating a phony legal referral service in Tacoma.

A 1986 article in the Seattle Times reported that a Richard Ben-Neth, once known as Laurence Wayne Bennett, had bilked clients out of thousands of dollars after setting up Attorneys’ Legal Support Services while he was in a state prison work-release facility.
Ben-Neth pleaded guilty to unauthorized practice of law, a misdemeanor. Felony charges alleging that he stole money from his clients were dropped by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office after the man promised he would pay back $17,000 he took from three clients, according to the article.

Bennett opened The Mailbox & More in Aberdeen late last year. Aberdeen Police arrested him Tuesday night after detectives served search warrants on his business and Aberdeen home, said Detective Sgt. James Clarkson. Bennett was booked into the Aberdeen Jail on felony charges of theft and unlawful issuance of bank checks.

He is still in custody this morning.

Clarkson said the investigation, which continues, was initiated in early January after police received complaints from several former employees who said Bennett had written them bad checks for wages.

An Oregon company also told detectives that Bennett had written at least one bad check for more than $2,000 for supplies. Since then, detectives have learned of dozens more unpaid checks from three separate accounts.

Clarkson is asking anyone who may have received an NSF check from Bennett or the business to contact him at 533-3043.

This article was originally featured in The Daily World, Wednesday, February 8, 1995.

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4 thoughts on “Richard Bennett New mail service owner arrested

  1. Willis Chevis says:

    you have been conned, quite possibly the police will not help you since your close connection with the con artist may make it difficult to prove fraud. They may tell you it is a civil matter and recommend that you get an attorney. That means you will have to throw good money after bad. And the anger and hurt you will feel by the betrayal will be with you for a long time. Not only is your money gone, your heart broken and your time wasted, but you know the con artist is somewhere having a good time spending your money and maybe even laughing at your stupidity.

  2. Antione Garzon says:

    It happened to a Microsoft executive who was conned out of over a million dollars by a con artist in Seattle who even swindled members of his own family. It took years to find this fugitive, but he was finally apprehended in late 2000 – right in the middle of his wedding rehearsal to a woman who may or may not have known his real identity.

  3. LA Atty says:

    If you open a checking account with a person who later turns out to be a con artist – YOU may be responsible for any monies that were inappropriately deposited, regardless of whether or not you knew about the fraud. In one case a woman in her 60’s opened a checking account with a younger man for the purpose of starting a small business. The account was opened with checks he provided. Based on her relationship with the bank, this man was able to withdraw $17,000 on these checks before they all cleared. Everyone of the deposited checks turned out to be fraudulent. But the bank considered the older lady to be liable for the $17,000.

  4. Glisson says:

    Most thefts, which includes cons, are perpetrated out of desperation for money. Most people have jobs and earn their money honestly. But sometimes even people with good jobs become desperate for money and will steal from you to obtain it. Generally, their desperation is borne of compulsions that are in control of their lives – gambling, drugs, the need to impress others.

    A friend or employee who is otherwise likeable and trustworthy will turn on you in a heartbeat when their master comes calling. Whether it is the loan shark or just lady luck, their drug dealer or just a depression that needs “medication,” you can be sure they will go to the quickest and easiest source of income to meet these needs. They may even feel bad about the theft, but that won’t stop them from committing it. And what difference does it make to you whether they feel guilty or not. Your money or property is long gone – and more than likely, so is your former friend or employee.

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