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North Carolina Man Sentenced on Federal Charges

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

St. Louis, MO – Jordan Gilmore, Wade, North Carolina, was sentenced to 70 months in prison. Gilmore previously pled guilty to recruiting two Kentucky people and driving them to Missouri, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois and other states to steal mail and pass altered checks.  He appeared today in St. Louis for sentencing before United States District Judge Ronnie L. White.

According to court documents, on May 11, 2015, Creve Coeur police received a call from Enterprise Bank about a man, later identified as Joseph Coan, who was attempting to pass a stolen check.  After receiving a description of the vehicle in which Coan was traveling, the officers effectuated a traffic stop of the vehicle, and located Coan, Megan Adams and Jordan Gilmore, the driver.  During the stop, the officers saw a stack of money on the floorboard near Gilmore. When the three individuals were placed under arrest, officers located checks, stolen mail and more than $12,000 cash in the car.  During a search of Coan, the officers found an additional $4,000 hidden in his shoe.

Through an interview with Adams, officers learned that the defendants had stayed at a hotel in St. Charles, Missouri, the previous night.  They searched the hotel room and located equipment needed to alter stolen checks and stolen mail from which the checks had been obtained.  A review of the mail revealed that it had been stolen in the Missouri counties of Lincoln, St. Charles and St. Louis.  The account holders of the stolen checks informed the investigators that the checks had been placed in the mail as payment of debts, but the legitimate payees reported that they had not received the mailed items.

Co-defendants Joseph Coan, Alexandria, KY, and Megan Adams, Southgate, KY, have entered guilty pleas to related charges and have been sentenced.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Creve Coeur Police Department and the St. Charles County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Berry handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated March 30, 2016