The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois said the conspiracy lasted 18 months and involved postmen stealing credit cards and other financial instruments from mail in order to sell them for cash or other items.
Prosecutors said that two of the defendants even obtained people’s social security numbers and dates of birth, allowing them to activate stolen credit cards and use them in stores such as Best Buy, Frye Electronics, Wal-Mart, and Meyer.
Prosecutors said that three Chicago women, Rebecca Okunoren, 28, Monique Love, 29, and Dominique Sykes, 28, had been charged with conspiracy to steal mail and fraudulently access devices without authorization. The other two alleged postmen are Jessica Jefferson, 32, of Broadview, and Myiesha Weaver, 34, of College Park, Georgia.
Six other residents of the Chicago area have also been charged with conspiracy to steal mail. they are:
Davey Hines, 28 years old;
26-year-old Billy Harris (Billye Harris);
Sky scale, 29;
33-year-old Stephon Johnson (Stephon Johnson);
Loreal Ross, 31
Brittnay Shepard, 28 years old.
Prosecutors said that Hines, Harris, Johnson and Rose were also charged with unauthorized access to equipment fraud and serious identity theft.
Andre Martin, special head of the U.S. Postal Service’s Great Lakes Field Office in Chicago, said: “These arrests represent our commitment to working with law enforcement partners to maintain the integrity and trust of U.S. mail.” “Most postal employees are hardworking. Civil servants at work are committed to delivering mail to the correct destination.”
Prosecutors said several defendants were arrested on Thursday and have already begun to appear in court.
The federal investigation, called “Operation Cash on Delivery,” has filed a lawsuit against five other people, including five former employees of the United States Postal Service, last summer.
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