ST. LOUIS, MO/May 24, 2017 (STL.News) – After using customer’s private information to have credit for private use and racking up charges of more than $110,000, Eddie Lee Regan, age 51, was sentenced to 81 months in prison after pleading guilty to multiple fraud charges.
Between August 2015 and July 2016, utilizing the name Eddie Lee, Regans, Regans promoted himself as an contractor by handing out flyers to clients at different home improvement stores as well as other retail companies in the St. Louis area. Additionally, Regans created Yellow Page entry’s and a website where he promoted general contractor services and home repair via an online organization called Repair & All Rehabilitation.
He falsely represented that his company (s) had been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). In response to complaints filed with the BBB by consumers, the BBB conducted their own investigation. The Better Business Bureau issued an alert warning people that it might be risky to conduct business with Regans businesses.
The following names were used by Regans, Any Or All Rehabilitation & Repair, Regans Affordable Quality Works, and, when advertising his company: All Rehabilitation Repairs, Repair, Fair Quality Work and Rehabilitation.
Would-be customers were got by Regans considering his renderings, and identifying info by assuring that his firm would fund their home repairs. Several customers provided their names, addresses, date of birth and social security numbers.
Regans used the identifying info to open credit accounts at Lowe’s and Menards. Regans didn’t run any business purchases through which he could supply funding. Regans used the accounts to buy things for personal use rather than use the credit accounts for the advantages of the homeowners.
Eddie Regans, St. Louis, pled guilty on January 30, 2017 to two felony counts of fraudulent use of access devices, one felony count of mail fraud, and 4 felony counts of aggravated identity theft.
The USA Postal Inspection Service investigated this case. Assistant USA Attorney, Tracy Berry, is managing the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Source: Information was obtained solely from a Press Release published by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri, dated Wednesday, May 24, 2017.