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Four individuals are charged in a major mail theft and bank fraud scheme

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Four men are facing multiple federal charges for mail theft, bank fraud, identity theft and money laundering stemming from an apparent scheme involving postal collection boxes in Carbondale.

The U.S. attorney's office reports 29-year-old Isaiah Jordan of Urbana...29-year-old Demarius Flakes of Blue Island...24-year-old Brian Nevils of South Holland and 24-year-old Quentin Abrams of Charleston are accused of stealing and altering more than 100 checks mailed by more than 50 postal customers. The total estimated loss exceeds $400,000.

According to the indictment, the alleged fraud scheme operated from around March 26 through at least July 1, 2020.

The scheme involved the Bank of Carbondale, First Mid Bank & Trust, First Southern Bank, Legence Bank, Regions Bank and Wells Fargo Bank—all of which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Jordan, Nevils and Abrams were taken into federal custody, but Flakes is a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Marshals in southern Illinois.

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