According to the DuPage County State Attorney’s Office, seven people, including two former postal carriers, have been charged in a program of financial crimes and money laundering involving the U.S. Postal Service.
It is alleged that the scheme lasted 16 months and defrauded over $ 50,000 from around 40 victims, most of whom live in Naperville.
State Attorney Robert Berlin said the scheme involved stealing credit and debit cards in the mail and then activating those cards to buy gift cards before ultimately exchanging the gift cards for debit cards. money.
âWhen you wait for a credit or debit card that people really rely on because your card is expiring and not showing up and then you find out there is fraudulent activity on the card, it’s a huge violation, âBerlin said. âIt’s a personal violation. But it is a violation of public confidence.
The Naperville Police Department and the United States Postal Inspector General’s Office investigated the case.
Defendants Shavonna Taylor, 33, and Ariel Jakes, 21, who were active letter carriers at the time of the alleged scheme, have been charged with mail fraud and wire fraud.
Vosheaa Haynes, 36, of Aurora has been charged with two counts of organizer of a financial crimes prosecution company, one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of ‘identity theft.
The Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Services said that if postal service customers believe they may have been the victims of mail theft, they are advised to contact a hotline at www .uspsoig.gov / hotline or 1-888-USPS-OIG.