The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern Illinois has announced an indictment against 15 people suspected in a stolen property fraud ring. The alleged leader of the ring, 42-year-old Jason Parmley formerly of O’Fallon, Missouri, is charged committing identity theft in order to benefit from the scheme.
Authorities say Parmley is in custody on an unrelated charge in Alabama, after being deported by Mexican authorities, but allegedly ran the operation from Mexico and also included suspects in the St. Louis area. 58-year-old James Litchfield, owner of Big Jim’s Autorama in Madison, Illinois, is accused of purchasing some of the items from Parmley that Litchfield knew were obtained illegally. Investigators say those charged would make purchases at retail stores using stolen credit card numbers, pick up the items at the stores, then sell them for below cost. Stores that were victimized are located in Illinois, Missouri, and ten other states. Local stores included those in Granite City, Collinsville and O’Fallon, IL.
The other defendants charged in the indictment are: Angel Speed, 25, formerly of O’Fallon, MO, Sean A. Shields, 47, of Ozark, MO, Shannan Flora, 41, of Vienna, IL, Alice J. Hembree, 43, of O’Fallon, MO, Tony G. Robertson, 43, of O’Fallon, MO, Steven J. Belcher, 44, of Wentzville, MO, Jesse S. Urias, 36, of Los Angeles, CA, Ryan P. Litchfield, 37, of O’Fallon, MO, Rigoberto Gutierrez, 26, of Compton, CA, Russell J. Witt, 33, of New Baltimore, MI, Bryce E. Atkinson, 21, of Lake Saint Louis, MO, Nicholas A. Brockman, 20, of Wentzville, MO, and Benedict G. Pellerito, 55, of Troy, MO.