The acting United States District Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced that three Missouri residents pled guilty to charges stemming from their participation in a large stolen property ring. Pleading guilty last week were 44-year-old Tony G. Robertson of O'Fallon, MO, 43-year-old Alice J Hembree of Moscow Mills, MO, and 20-year-old Nicholas A. Brockman of Wentzville, MO.
The indictment that produced the charges was returned by a grand jury in East St. Louis on October 20th, 2015. During the hearing both Robertson and Brockman admitted they worked as drivers for the scheme. Hembree also admitted her role, which she says was to locate buyers for the stolen merchandise. The indictment cites the leader of the ring,42-year-old Jason J. Parmely formerly of O'Fallon, MO, ran the ring from Mexico. Parmely allegedly used the internet to obtain credit account numbers that individuals had with retail stores, and using this information, placed orders with the stores under the credit accounts. The items were then sold at prices below retail and the money was transferred to Parmely in Mexico. The indictment also charged twelve other individuals with participating in the conspiracy.