A Collinsville man was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing several pieces of mail in an identity theft conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton announced Tuesday.
Jeffrey C. Brown, 36, stole money and mail containing other people's names, social security numbers, and birth dates, authorities said.
He then used that information to apply for and obtain credit cards, according to prosecutors. Using the cards, authorities said Brown purchased several items that he exchanged for quick cash at local pawn shops.
According to court documents, investigators found Brown was addicted to meth and cocaine and also had a gambling problem.
Brown is ordered to pay $19,505 in restitution and serve two years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.
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