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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

St. Clair County Fraud Ring Charged With Using Stolen Identities in Cell Phone Scam

East St. Louis, Illinois – Four St. Clair County residents are facing federal fraud charges today 
after an East St. Louis grand jury returned a five-count indictment against them. Michael 
Henderson, 36, of Fairview Heights, Kyetia Hines, 37, of Belleville, Antoinette Z. Davis, 23, of 
Cahokia, and Jasmine Davison, 27, of Cahokia, are accused of devising and participating in a scheme 
to defraud Sprint stores in the Metro East using stolen identities.

According to the indictment, the four defendants operated their scheme from October 2015 to May 
2018, in St. Clair and Madison Counties and elsewhere. They allegedly set up new accounts for 
cellular service using the names and social security numbers of other people and then used those 
accounts to acquire new cellphones under contract. Instead of using the phones, however, the 
defendants allegedly sold them to other cellular retail stores for cash.

The indictment alleges that Henderson worked at a Sprint store in Belleville during the conspiracy 
and used his position to help facilitate the fraud. Defendants Hines, Davis, and Davison would 
allegedly acquire up to four phones at a time and immediately cancel the accounts after the phones 
were acquired. The alleged ringleader of the scheme – Tamecia Buckley, 37, of Cahokia – is also 
named in the indictment but was charged separately back in July.

An indictment is merely a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed 
to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a 
jury.

Buckley has already pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, among 
other charges. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20. Henderson and Davis appeared in federal 
district court yesterday for their initial appearances and pleaded not guilty. Their trial has been 
scheduled for Nov. 3. Hines is set to make her initial appearance on Sept. 10. Davison has not yet 
been arrested.

Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The 
conspiracy charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. 
Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory sentence of two years,
which must run consecutively to any other sentence imposed.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service
and the Cahokia Police Department.
 

Updated September 8, 2020