EAST ST. LOUIS — A 62-year-old Centralia man has been indicted in federal court on 15 counts charging him with mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft for crimes he allegedly committed in Marion, Clinton, and St. Clair counties.
Danny Vaughn is accused in the indictment of using stolen credit card information to purchase computers, cell phones, and gift cards from local retailers using credit cards associated with other people’s accounts.
Of the 15 counts, 12 accuse Vaughn of separate credit card transactions adding up to over $20,000.
The transactions reportedly occurred over four days in November 2018 using one victim’s account at Best Buy, Walmart, and People’s National Bank.
Vaughn allegedly received copies of the victims’ credit cards from co-conspirators, along with packages containing other fraudulently acquired property.
The indictment alleges that Vaughn shipped the fraudulently acquired items to addresses overseas, including Malaysia.
The 15-count indictment was filed Thursday in federal court in East St. Louis. Vaughn is next scheduled to appear in federal court July 13 for an initial appearance on the charges.
Each of the 14 fraud charges is punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Centralia Police Department.