Collinsville man pleads guilty to mail fraud

A 29-year-old Collinsville man could spend up to two decades in prison in after admitting in federal court Tuesday to stealing mail from mailboxes in order to get personal information to be used to apply for credit cards.

According to a statement from Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office, Michael A. Carver pled guilty to the charge that he and an accomplice purchased merchandise using the credit cards they applied for under the victims’ names.

Carver’s accomplice was not named in the statement.

Carver could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and probation. He will be sentenced on Aug. 2.

Collinsville police were assisted in the investigation by the Postal Inspection Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Secret Service.