OST ST. LOUIS, Illinois — A Tennessee woman linked to a gang that steals valuables from parked vehicles in the St. Louis area and uses stolen ID cards to get money from these victims’ bank accounts has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison sentenced.
Prosecutors with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois said Heather Harper pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, in December 2020, Harper conspired with others to cash stolen checks and fraudulently obtain funds from banks using stolen IDs and driver’s licenses from people living in the St. Louis metropolitan area. On December 11, 2020, she cashed a check made out to an individual whose identity had been stolen at First Bank in O’Fallon, Illinois.
Harper said she often dressed up to look like the people on the stolen ID cards. She was eventually arrested in Webster Groves in December 2020 after reportedly trying to cash a check for $1,852. At the time, police said they found wigs in Harper’s car and clues on her phone linking her to the Felony Lane Gang.
Lake St. Louis Police and other local law enforcement agencies said the group is stealing items from vehicles in parking lots and along roads. The arrests date back to November 2018 in St. Charles County and June 2017 in St. Louis County.
A US District Court judge sentenced Harper to 30 months in prison.
Numerous law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Mississippi were involved in the investigation, including the O’Fallon (IL), Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Maryland Heights, Des Peres and St. Charles County Police Departments, and the United States Secret Service.
Charges remain pending against Harper for fraud at St. Louis County banks.
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