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Local Man Sentenced on Federal Fraud Charges

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

St. Louis, MO – Eddie Lee Regans was sentenced to 81 months in prison on multiple fraud charges after using client’s personal information to obtain credit for his personal use, racking up charges of more than $110,000.

According to court documents, between August 2015 and July 2016, using the name Eddie Lee, Regans advertised himself as a contractor by distributing flyers to customers at various home improvement stores and other retail establishments in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Regans also established an internet website and Yellow Pages entry in which he claimed to provide home repair and general contractor services through a company called All Rehab & Repair. He also falsely claimed to have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau. In response to complaints by consumers and its own investigation, the Better Business Bureau issued an alert warning consumers from doing business with Regans and his companies. In addition to All Rehab & Repair, Regans used the following names when advertising his business: Reasonable Quality Work; Repair and Rehab; All Rehab Repairs; and, Affordable Quality Works. Regans obtained prospective customers’ identifying information by promising that his company would finance their home repairs, and believing his representations, several customers provided their names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and addresses. As Regans did not operate any company through which he could provide financing, he used the identifying information to open, and attempt to open, credit accounts at the home improvement stores Menards and Lowes. Rather than use the credit accounts for the benefits of the homeowners, Regans utilized the accounts to purchase items for his benefit.

Eddie Regans, 51, St. Louis, pled guilty on January 30, 2017 to two felony counts of fraudulent use of access devices, one felony count of mail fraud, and four felony counts of aggravated identity theft.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Berry is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

 

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Updated May 24, 2017

Topic
Identity Theft