BENTON, Illinois – On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Ashley McKinney, 39, of Belleville, Illinois, was
sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for identity theft, conspiracy to commit bank and wire transfer
Fraud and money laundering.
According to court documents, for nearly a year, Ashley McKinney defrauded elderly women in
southern Illinois with the help of his co-conspirator, Erica Rose. They were true partners in
criminality. Rose abused her job as a home sitter and stole her elderly identities
clients. Then she forwarded the stolen information to McKinney in an attempt to empty their bank
accounts through counterfeit checks and fraudulent purchases. For example, McKinney tried to buy
used Tesla online after stealing 86-year-old woman’s identity and savings
Belleville, Ill. When the deal fell through because the Tesla had mechanical problems,
McKinney bought herself a Mercedes Benz instead. After taking possession of the vehicle, the
the victim’s bank stopped payment of the forged check and the online car dealer repossessed the
luxury vehicle. The couple were arrested after multiple families reported identity theft to police
soon after Rose took care of their beloved. In each case, McKinney was found committing
identity fraud.

Rose had previously been sentenced to prison in May 2021.

“While identity theft is always a serious crime, it is particularly troubling when victims are
elderly,” U.S. Attorney Rachelle Crowe said. “The crimes in this case went beyond
financial loss. They have touched entire families in already difficult times. we always go
prioritize the accountability of defendants who prey on vulnerable victims.

The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Edwardsville Police Department, Belleville
Police Department, Swansea Police Department and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Luke J. Weissler.

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