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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Former Senior Living Center Employee in Belleville Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud


Tarkeisha Sayles, 36, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, entered pleas of guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Sayles worked at the Atrium of Belleville, a senior living center, from August 3, 2014 through August 18, 2015 as an Operation Coordinator. Sayles’s job responsibilities included receiving and holding USPS parcels and letter mail for certain residents. The criminal charges are the result of Sayles using the credit card of a resident of the senior living center and applying for a credit card in the name of a resident as part of a scheme to defraud. Sayles faces a prison sentence of up to 40 years, a fine of up to $500,000, and up to 3 years’ supervised release with mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for February 3, 2017.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Fairview Heights Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Updated September 17, 2016