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United States v. Deavon Allen; Cole Patrick Castelow; Malik Frazier; Ronald Reese

Court Docket Number: 21-MJ-30285; 21-MJ-30286; 21-MJ-30287; 21-MJ-30288

In an effort to assist those individuals who have been affected by this case, this webpage has been developed to provide court and case related information.   Direct written notification will be provided via e-mail only.    Directions for signing up for e-mail notification has been directly mailed to those identified as victims.  

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is open to the public and resuming in-person court hearings.   Please note however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an extreme backlog in case events which may result in adjournments of scheduled hearing dates.   If you plan on attending a scheduled hearing, please contact Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633 or Sherri Holloway at 313-226-9753.   You may also check the United States District Court's Webpage for hearings which will take place via the internet.   Please access  www.mied.uscourts.gov.


Defendants Deavon Allen, Cole Patrick Castelow, Malik Frazier, and Ronald Reese have been charged in United States District Court with crimes involving the theft of mail and identity theft using illegally obtained personal identification information beginning approximately from late in the year of 2018 through, at least March 2019.

The defendants obtained items of value, including checks, credit cards, credit card information and identification, from the mail they stole, which they then used for their personal enrichment.  

Victims are encouraged to reach out to the credit bureau reporting companies advising them of the compromise of your personal identification information.  Victims may be able to obtain a copy of their credit report and place a fraud alert on their record to aid in the prevention of potential future fraud.   Contacting at least one of the credit reporting agencies (Equifax (800)525-6285; Experian (888)397-3742; TransUnion (800)680-7289) will provide you with the opportunity to obtain credit bureau reports so you can check for any past or current fraudulent activity.

Please visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft and www.fraudsupport.org for more detailed instructions, forms and information.   

Please note that these charges are accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

For a copy of the FTC Identity Theft Brochure, please click HERE.

For a copy of the FraudSupport.org information, please click HERE.

To access a copy of the 40 page FTC Recovery Plan guide, please click the following link: https://www.bulkorder.ftc.gov/system/files/publications/501a_idt_a_recovery_plan_508.pdf


8/20/2021 - The Preliminary Exam for Deavon Allen, originally scheduled for August 24, 2021, has been adjourned.  The new date is scheduled for October 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  This hearing is accessible for viewing via Zoom Meeting.   There will be no in-person attendance permitted for this hearing.   If you wish to view this hearing, please access the court calendar via www.mied.uscourts.gov to request that a view only access link be sent to you.  Identify the date of the hearing you are seeking, scroll to the appropriate time, clink on the request access link and follow the prompts. 

Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Sherri Holloway at 313-226-9753 or Sandy Palazzolo@ 313-226-9633.


7/19/2021 – A Preliminary Exam for defendants Cole Patrick Castelow; Malik Frazier; and Ronald Reese is currently scheduled for August 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  A Preliminary Exam for defendant Deavon Allen is currently scheduled for August 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  These hearings are accessible for viewing via Zoom Meeting.   There will be no in-person attendance permitted for these hearings.   If you wish to view this hearing, please access the court calendar via www.mied.uscourts.gov to request that a view only access link be sent to you.  Identify the date of the hearing you are seeking, scroll to the appropriate time, clink on the request access link and follow the prompts. 

Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Sherri Holloway at 313-226-9753 or Sandy Palazzolo@ 313-226-9633.

Updated September 13, 2021

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