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Merrillville Woman Sentenced To 90 Months In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND –Tanisha Banks of Merrillville, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann after being convicted during a 4-day trial in January 2019.  She was convicted of conspiring to rob the United States Postal Service, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

Banks was sentenced to 90 months in prison, 2 years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5595. 

According to documents in this case and evidence presented at trial, James Caffey conspired with Tanisha Banks and Leeroy Beck to rob the Tolleston Station Post Office in Gary, Indiana on August 3, 2017.  Tanisha Banks, a Postal Service employee with experience working at the Tolleston Station, provided the logistics for the robbery while her boyfriend, James Caffey, handled transportation to and from the robbery.  Together Banks and Caffey recruited the gunman, Leeroy Beck, who would actually carry out the robbery. At trial evidence was presented establishing that Caffey provided Beck with the handgun used during the robbery.  After holding two employees at gun point, Leeroy Beck stole money and mail from the Postal Service.  The cash was divided between the conspirators. 

James Caffey was sentenced on November 1, 2019 to 90 months in prison.  Leeroy Beck was sentenced on May 14, 2019 to 96 months in prison. 

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Gary Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Northern District of Indiana Assistant United States Attorneys Diane Berkowitz and Thomas McGrath.


Updated November 5, 2019

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