A Camden woman has admitted that she was part of a fraud that netted more than $77,000 by stealing checks from the mail.

Johanna Fraticelli, 29, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court before Judge Joseph Rodriguez and pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.

In recent months, three others have pleaded guilty as well. Fraticelli and the others admitted they were part of a plan in which tax refunds, Social Security checks, and other government checks were stolen from mail trucks or mailboxes between November 2009 and March 2010.

Authorities said Fraticelli used false identifications to cash the checks. The group also recruited others, including prostitutes and drug addicts, to carry out the scheme. - Barbara Boyer