CHICAGO (CBS) — Seven former U.S. Postal Service employees in Chicago stood accused Wednesday of taking credit cards and other financial information out of the mail, and selling them.
The defendants were indicted as part of Operation Cash on Delivery, a federal investigation that has already resulted in conspiracy charges against other former USPS employees.READ MORE: Judge Bars Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara From Encouraging Officers To Defy City's Vaccine Mandate
Federal prosecutors said some of the defendants also stole USPS customers’ personal information such as dates of birth and Social Security numbers, which were then used to activate the stolen credit cards fraudulently.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Chilly Tonight, Sunny And Cool Weekend
The defendants either delivered mail in Chicago or processed and sorted mail at a USPS facility in Palatine, prosecutors said.
Charged with conspiring to steal mail are former USPS employees Charlese Bennett, 31, of Chicago; Shuntonese Richardson, 24, of Willowbrook; Latiyah Davidson, 28, of Chicago; C’ory Voniper McNeal, 32, of Atlanta, Georgia; Brandy Walker, 33, of Chicago; and Zakeya Blake, 24, of Hammond, Indiana.MORE NEWS: Sky Cruise To 86-50 Win Over Mercury, Take 2-1 Lead In WNBA Finals
Also charged in the conspiracy are Daray Ross Hines, 25, of Chicago; Tramont Miller, 23, of Wheaton; Mahlik Washington, 30, of Chicago; and William Crawford, 33, of Chicago. Former USPS employee Kennethia Howlett, 27, of Chicago, stands charged with knowingly receiving and possessing stolen mail.