MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX) – Five people from New York had a very lucrative scheme until it was discovered by some alert police officers in Maryland Heights.
This counterfeit scam did not involve fake bills, but rather fake drivers licenses and fake sales receipts.
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said five people all from New York have admitted to stealing merchandise in Brooklyn, NY., then exchange it at stores in the Midwest for cash.
“They branched out across the Midwest, going from state to state returning the stolen merchandise as if it had been purchased,” he said.
In Maryland Heights they took stolen items to The Loft, The Gap and Ann Taylor in exchange for money.
According to court documents, their scheme was foiled during a routine traffic stop November 2012 when a Maryland Heights police officer noticed a computer, a printer, and other document papers used to make fake driver license.
During their guilty pleas, Callahan said some admitted to a conservative estimate of exchanging stolen merchandise for some $400,000 over eleven years.
Ishaan Davis, Springfield Gardens, NY; Ingrid Millsaps, Brooklyn, NY; and Leo Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, entered guilty pleas this week before United States District Judge Henry Autrey. Sentencings have been set for February 10, 2014.
Co-defendants, Shonta Simpson and William Estes,both of Brooklyn, NY, pled guilty to related charges and were sentenced earlier this year.