Two Belleville women have been charged in federal court in Southern Illinois with conspiracy and wire fraud for alleged schemes to purchase new cars under false names from a Germantown dealership.

According to United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft, 36-year-old Tamecia C. Buckley, and 36-year-old Kyetia M. Hines, have been charged with conspiracy and wire fraud, announced.

The indictment charges that in late October 2018, Buckley and Hines both submitted online credit applications under false names to Jansen Chevrolet in Germantown.

Then, on separate days, both Buckley and Hines went to Jansen Chevrolet and purchased new Chevy Malibus using those false names.

For purposes of obtaining financing to purchase those cars, both Buckley and Hines provided the dealership with fraudulent documents containing the false names, including fake temporary Illinois driver’s licenses.

Both the charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud carry maximum sentences of twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Both women will be arraigned on the charges in February at the Federal Courthouse in East St. Louis.

The investigation was conducted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Division, Fairview Heights Resident Agency, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, and the Germantown Police Department.