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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cahokia Man Heads to Federal Prison for Identity Theft Scheme

Cahokia, Ill. – Isaac Sanders, age 40, of Cahokia, Illinois, has been sentenced to serve 12 months
and a day in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Sanders previously pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2020.
Sanders  and  his  co-conspirator,  Tamecia  Buckley,  used  the  stolen  identities  and  social
security numbers of real people to open utility accounts for electric and gas services at Sanders’
properties. The victims did not live there and did not consent to the scheme. The bills all came to
Sanders’ address, so the victims had no way of knowing the financial damage being wrought in their
names. After bills went unpaid, and services were shut down again, Sanders would simply pay Buckley
to open a new account using a different stolen identity.

All told, Sanders stole, used, and discarded the identities of six different people from 2014 to
2017. On one occasion, Sanders called the utility company pretending to be the son of one victim
and falsely claimed the victim was in the hospital.

In addition to his term of imprisonment, Sanders was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and full
restitution in the amount of $5,213.83. His sentence also includes a three-year term of supervised
release. For her roles in this and other fraud-and-identity-theft schemes, Buckley was prosecuted
separately and received a 75-month prison sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
 

Updated April 20, 2021