State AG Charges Six in Car Theft Scheme

By Staff Writer October 03, 2021

On. Sept. 28, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force announced criminal charges in a complex, organized statewide car theft ring. The charges Raoul filed against the man and woman who allegedly organized the scheme and the four men charged who allegedly assisted are the result of a collaboration between Raoul’s office, the U.S. Secret Service, the Barrington Police Department and the West Chicago Police Department, as well as partners in the banking, insurance and automotive industries.

Raoul’s office is alleging Anthony Brown (who, as a rapper, goes by Tony Sosa), 40, of Lansing, Ill., and Sierra Wells, 27, of Orland Park, Ill., organized the scheme. Both were charged with counts of identity theft, a Class X felony; aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 1 felony; organizing a continuing financial crimes enterprise, a Class 2 felony; theft by deception, a Class 2 felony; financial institution fraud, a Class 2 felony; and forgery, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, Brown and Wells could receive probation or face up to six to 30 years in prison.

In addition, Raoul alleged Kevin Bandy, 48; DeAngelo Hackney, 30; James Krout, 47; and Zebedee Moore, 48, assisted with the enterprise. All four were charged with counts of identity theft, a Class 1 felony; aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 1 felony; theft by deception, a Class 2 felony; financial institution fraud, a Class 2 felony; and forgery, a Class 3 felony. Each defendant could face two to 15 years in prison.

In the indictments, Raoul alleged that during the fall of 2020, Brown and Wells allegedly devised a scheme to obtain high-value vehicles by defrauding car dealerships and financial institutions using stolen and fraudulent identities. According to the indictments, Wells provided fake identities to Brown, who used money and drugs to recruit Bandy, Hackney and Krout. Brown, Bandy, Hackney and Krout allegedly utilized the fake identities to apply for financing at car dealerships and purchase luxury vehicles.

The enterprise that stretched across Illinois resulted in the loss of around $100,000 for car dealerships and financial institutions.

“These indictments allege that the defendants orchestrated and executed a complex fraud operation that crossed county and even state lines to steal expensive luxury vehicles and defraud car dealerships and financial institutions in the process,” Raoul said.

Raoul’s office was supported during the investigation and prosecution by the offices of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s and Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx.

“The number of luxury vehicle thefts in Chicago and the surrounding counties has skyrocketed this past year,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “The organizers of these schemes are smart, well organized and determined to obtain these vehicles and move them as fast as they can.”

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