Chicago Man Convicted of Financial Institution Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft | USAO-CDIL
PEORIA, Ill. –A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Christopher Simmons, 40, of Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 2021, on three counts of financial institution fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Simmons’ sentencing is scheduled for February 24, 2022 at the U.S. courthouse in Peoria, Illinois.
During two days of testimony, the government presented evidence to establish that Adreen Canterberry secured a $ 49,900 loan from Citizens Equity First Credit Union to purchase a 2016 Audi from Simmons. The evidence showed that Simmons did not own the car and that the information provided about the car came from an eBay listing. After Simmons got the $ 49,900, he used a stolen social security number, fake address, and fake income statements to apply for car loans and credit cards at CEFCU. CEFCU alerted the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department to the fraud and when Simmons went to one of the CEFCU offices to get a car loan, he was arrested.
Canterberry had previously pleaded guilty to fraud at a financial institution and was sentenced to 15 months in prison, five years on probation, a $ 10,000 fine and $ 49,900 in restitution.
Simmons remains in the custody of the US Marshals Service. In sentencing, Simmons faces legal penalties of up to 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $ 1,000,000 and maximum supervised release sentences of five years on each of the counts of fraud. in financial institutions. He also faces a mandatory two-year jail sentence on the aggravated count of identity theft, as well as a maximum sentence of one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
The investigation was conducted by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Secret Service. Assistant US Oversight Prosecutor Darilynn Knauss and Assistant US Prosecutor Douglas F. McMeyer represented the government at the trial.