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Former worker at senior facility sentenced for stealing residents’ identities

A former worker at a senior living facility in Belleville has been sentenced to prison for stealing the identities of some of the facility’s residents.

Christopher Rhodes, 53, of Lovejoy, Ill.,has been sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, said Monday.

Rhodes pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in June. In addition to his prison sentence, Rhodes was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $15,894.03.

Rhodes was formerly an employee of St. Paul’s Senior Community, a not-for-profit retirement community in Belleville. In his position, Rhodes had access to residents’ medical, health and personally identifiable information (PII). Court proceedings established that from 2008 through July of 2017, Rhodes used names, social security numbers and other PII belonging to residents of St. Paul’s, without lawful authority, to obtain and maintain electric and gas service, water service, and satellite television service at his home.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.

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