15 charged with defrauding bank of $100K
By Brian Stanley email@example.com September 17, 2013 8:48PM
Otis Blackmon | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:13PM
JOLIET — Fifteen people have been charged with conspiring to rip off a bank of more than $100,000 over the last two years, police said.
Lt. Brian Dupuis did not identify the financial institution but said Otis D. Blackmon, 21, of Country Club Hills, and other customers engaged in an elaborate scheme to embezzle more than $100,000 since the summer of 2011.
Dupuis said Blackmon led the enterprise and approached other customers who were willing to give him their financial identifiers in exchange for a cut of the stolen money.
“He’d get a prepaid debit card using that information and go online to ‘deposit’ thousands of dollars in the account,” Dupuis said.
The money would then be withdrawn at an ATM at the same time money orders were issued, giving the thieves a few days before records showed that the cards were overdrawn, Dupuis said. He said when the bank discovered the shortage, the conspirators would ignore the overdraft, which was not large enough for the bank to seek charges against a person.
But when bank officials realized the overall amount that was stolen, they contacted police, whose investigation led to Blackmon, who was arrested Sept. 11.
Blackmon, of 18619 Chestnut Ave., has previous arrests for reckless discharge of a firearm, delivery of marijuana and drug possession, according to Will County Jail records.
Dupuis said Blackmon has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in October 2010 at a Larkin Avenue gas station in what police determined was a gang-related crime.
Blackmon is charged with 85 criminal counts including organizing a continuing financial crimes enterprise, financial fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, computer fraud, theft by deception and allowing unauthorized use of credit cards. He’s being held at the county jail on $250,000 bail.
In rounding up his alleged accomplices, authorities found numerous weapons including an AK-47, a MAC-10 and multiple handguns and shotguns, police said.
Troy Norris, 22, who already was in prison on aggravated battery and drug convictions, has been charged with various financial crimes, including taking part in a financial crimes enterprise, burglary, wire fraud, money laundering and financial institution fraud.
Others facing similar charges in the scheme are Joliet residents Tony Gill, 22, of 416 Olde Mill Road; Leroy Parrish, 31, of 319 S. Joliet St.; Emmitt G. Parrish, 28, of 322 S. Joliet St.; Jake M. Meyers, 22, of 3105 Brookfield Drive, and Roger A. Thompson, 22, of 14150 Monticello Circle.
Police said Tuesday that warrants have been issued for the following people in connection with the case:
Dontavia Woodard, 26; Tivon McGivons, 30; Brittany Cook, 23; Russell Bass, 24; Darius Stuckey, 21; Brian Gregory, 27; Deandre Jones, 20, and Yolanda Jones, 49.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call police at
(815) 724-3020 or to anonymously call CrimeStoppers at (800) 323-6734.