Five Wichitans and a Belle Plaine woman were indicted Tuesday on federal identity theft charges, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.
John C. McMillan, 45; Shane A. Pitman, 31; Brent A. Slover, 33; Chanel K. Wiseman, 28; and Keri A. Tunnell, 41, all of Wichita, and Raina N. Zeiner, 22, of Belle Plaine are alleged to have used stolen mail to produce fraudulent documents, according to the indictment.
The group used the fake documents to produce driver’s licenses, student identification cards and other items, the indictment said. Some of the fake forms of identification were used to pass forged checks at Dillons and Walmart stores.
If convicted on the five separate charges, members of the group face penalties ranging from less than five to up to 20 years in federal prison. Fines of up to $250,000 for each charge – possession of fraudulent documents, receiving stolen mail, wire fraud, identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm – could also be levied, according to the indictment.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.