Chicago man charged in conspiracy to sell U.S. government checks stolen from the mail

 

Date: January 26, 2021

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Chicago — Tamera Cantu, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago announced, a Chicago man has been indicted on federal criminal charges for allegedly conspiring with a U.S. Postal Service employee and others to sell U.S. government checks stolen from the mail.

An indictment returned Monday in federal court in Chicago charges Akeem Kosoko with one count of conspiracy to steal mail and government funds, three counts of embezzlement of government property, and three counts of receipt of stolen mail. Arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

According to the indictment, Kosoko conspired with his brother, who worked as a postal carrier, and others to have U.S. Treasury checks taken from the mail and sold to others. The checks were issued last year as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Kosoko's brother, Ahmed Kosoko of Chicago, was previously charged by federal criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to steal mail and government funds.

The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Claire Nicholson.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.