A Naperville man who was the ringleader of a mail conspiracy and identity theft was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday for stealing people’s credit cards from the mail and using them to make more than $462,000 in fraudulent purchases.
Davey Hines, 30, pleaded guilty in July 2022 to four counts of conspiracy, receipt of stolen mail, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Federal authorities allege that between June 2018 and December 2019, he led 10 others in the conspiracy. He recruited US Postal Service workers to steal credit cards and other financial instruments from the mail and hand them over to Hines and several others in exchange for cash.
According to the indictment, they used the Snapchat app to communicate, including sending pictures of cards and other information.
Hines and several co-defendants would then obtain customers’ personally identifiable information, including dates of birth and Social Security numbers, to fraudulently activate the stolen cards.
They stole more than 657 credit cards, federal authorities said.
At the time, Hines was on a court-supervised release on federal bank fraud charges.
Hines has been held without bail since his arrest in February 2021.
The judge also ordered Hines to pay compensation to the financial institution that issued the stolen credit card.