YORK COUNTY, SC - Close to 2000 people across York County and North Carolina have been identified as victims of mail fraud. Detectives arrested Jennings Peter Keziah, 34, of Charlotte, NC, and Tressa Nichole Baucom, 28, of Gastonia, NC on multiple counts of mail fraud, including petit larceny, financial card theft, and identity theft.
Both Keziah and Baucom were arrested on December 7, 2021, after a person reported to the sheriff’s office two people were throwing mail out of a car in the Walmart parking lot in Lake Wylie, SC. After further investigation, Keziah and Baucom had more than 3,600 pieces of mail and 74 packages that did not belong to them. It’s believed the suspects took mail directly from the victim’s mailboxes. The mail found dates back to November 2021.
South Carolina victims have been identified mostly in the Clover, Lake Wylie, and York areas. North Carolina victims are from Gaston, Mecklenburg, Caldwell, Union, and Rowan Counties.
Detectives hand returned the mail to the victims in York County along with a letter stating how to file a report if they want that option. Detectives are working with the United States Postal Service to attempt to return the mail back to the North Carolina victims. If North Carolina victims would like to file a report they need to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Keziah and Baucom are currently being held at the York County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
Jennings Peter Keziah
Tressa Nichole Baucom