Grants Pass Residents Indicted for Mail Theft and Bank Fraud
Gregory Brooks 49, and Michelle Lustig, 44, of Grants Pass, have been indicted by a federal grand jury charging them with conspiracy to commit mail theft and bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft.
The charges involve the theft of mail from over 400 victims in communities located in Jackson and Josephine Counties during a four month period beginning in March 2013, and includes a scheme in using the victim’s stolen personal identity to defraud banks and local merchants.
Brooks was arraigned on the charges before Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke who set his trial for November 19th. He remains in federal custody.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Lustig and anyone with information about her whereabouts is requested to contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety or their nearest law enforcement agency.
If convicted, the sentences range from maximum sentences of 5 to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for an aggravated identity theft conviction.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Jackson County Sheriff’s office in the investigation