Former U.S. Marine Charged with Stealing Identities of Fellow Service Personnel in Scheme to Defraud Navy Federal Credit Union of More Than $138,000
CHICAGO—A former United States Marine from Calumet City stole the identities of several fellow Marines and used their information to illegally procure more than $138,000 from Navy Federal Credit Union, according to an indictment returned this week in federal court in Chicago.
While serving in Combat Logistics Regiment 3 at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan, LEONARD E. PARKER JR. obtained a Marine roster containing the personal information of several fellow Marines stationed at the camp, according to the indictment. After returning to the United States, Parker and a co-defendant, DONTREAL S. EVANS, allegedly used the Marines’ information to transfer approximately $138,798 from the Marines’ accounts into bank accounts belonging to individuals Parker and Evans had recruited into the scheme.
Parker and Evans offered to pay those individuals to allow Parker and Evans to control and access the accounts, the indictment states. The pair later withdrew funds and made purchases from the accounts they controlled, and kept the proceeds from the scheme, according to the indictment. Parker also allegedly filed false tax returns in the names of Marines whose personal information was on the roster.
The indictment, which was returned Thursday, charged Parker, 24, of Calumet City, with five counts of financial institution fraud; one count of aggravated identity theft; and four counts of filing false claims against the United States. Evans, 21, of Lansing, was charged in the indictment with three counts of financial institution fraud. The defendants’ arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.
Each count of financial institution fraud carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and mandatory restitution. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, Parker also would face a mandatory, consecutive term of two years in prison. Each count of filing false claims carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and mandatory restitution. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Stephen Boyd, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation in Chicago.
The investigation is ongoing.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The government is being represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Heidi Manschreck.