PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia couple’s dream wedding for this weekend was nearly derailed after a check for $20,000 intended for a caterer never reached the company. The US Postal Service reminds people to be on the lookout for mail theft.
Temple elders Cara Graeff and Conor Lyons are getting married in a large 240-person wedding in Philadelphia on Saturday.
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“We’ve been together almost eight years, so we’ve been waiting a bit,” Graeff said.
The most expensive check they wrote for their big day was for around $20,000 to their catering company.
“It was the biggest payout we’ve made to date,” Graeff said.
They put the check in their neighborhood collection box at Berks and Gaul streets in Fishtown, but it never made it to the caterer.
“I [called our coordinator] to the catering company and confirmed that they had not received payment,” Graeff said.
Instead, the nearly newlyweds believe the check was stolen from the collection box and then deposited by someone else.
“Losing so much in the 11th hour and knowing he didn’t go where he was supposed to go was really, really scary,” Graeff said.
“It’s really financially devastating and that’s not how anyone wants to start a marriage,” he said.
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The couple showed Eyewitness News a copy of the amended check.
The restoration company’s name has been changed to Wiselink Media Solutions, LLC.
“Beneath the e in the media is this weird hook,” Graeff said. “And I think that’s where the g of restoration was.”
Eyewitness News called a number listed for Wiselink Media Solutions and it went straight to voicemail. A website that appears to be associated with Wiselink says it’s a marketing company, but it doesn’t list any employees or any social media links.
On the back of the deposited check it says someone wrote: For deposit at Bank of America only.
Bank of America has not confirmed whether it is investigating the case, but the couple’s bank, PNC, is investigating their case and they hope the money will be refunded.
Thanks to their friends and family, Graeff and Lyons were able to raise the $20,000 for their caterer.
The couple say they will be more careful about using the collection boxes.
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Meanwhile, the US Postal Service offers these tips to protect your mail.
- Mail within a post office or other alternative shipping location
- Do not post in blue collection boxes after last pickup or on Sundays
- Report suspicious activity occurring in any mailbox