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Chicago Man Sentenced on Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – RODNEY TYLER was sentenced to 65 months in prison involving a bank fraud and identity theft scheme.  Tyler and his associates used the identification of multiple individuals obtained from stolen credit cards, bank debit cards and state issued driver’s licenses to steal funds held in individual bank accounts. 

According to court documents, as part of the scheme, which included fraudulent transactions at bank branches in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, illegitimate and fraudulent driver’s licenses were created and used, along with stolen bank account information, to make unauthorized withdrawals of funds from identity theft victims’ personal bank accounts.  Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Tyler and his associates traveled to bank branches where those individuals had and maintained personal bank accounts and then used the identities of multiple victims to negotiate bank counter withdrawals from the victim bank accounts.  Tyler was arrested in Lincoln County, Missouri, on October 8, 2014, after he and another individual executed the scheme at a Troy, Missouri, branch of Bank of America and withdrew over $5,000 from an individual victim’s personal checking and savings accounts.  Bank of America employees became suspicious during the course of the transactions and alerted local law enforcement, which led to Tyler’s arrest.

Tyler, Chicago, IL, pled guilty in August to one felony count of bank fraud and one felony count of aggravated identity theft. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Ronnie L. White. 

This case was investigated by the Postal Inspection Service and the Troy, Missouri, Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Charles Birmingham handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated December 8, 2015

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