East St. Louis man charged with fraud conspiracy

EDWARDSVILLE — An East St. Louis man was indicted Thursday on multiple counts related to conspiracy to defraud local financial institutions.

Kevin A. Hines, 66, of East St. Louis, was charged Aug. 25 with ongoing financial crime, a Class 1 felony; conspiracy to defraud financial institutions, a Class 2 felony; and credit fraud and theft by deception over $500, both class 3 felonies.

The case was brought by the Collinsville Police Department.

According to court documents, Hines allegedly committed fraud or other financial crimes against financial institutions in Collinsville, O’Fallon and Shiloh on three separate occasions in the past 18 months.

Court documents state that he was recruited by co-conspirators identified as “Jane Doe 1” and “John Doe 1” to apply for loans from the Madison and St. Clair County banks. He was handed fake driver’s licenses and financial records and then driven to where they waited outside while he tried to get loans.

Hines allegedly received a check for $7,500 from a Collinsville firm, cashed it, and gave the money to his co-conspirators, receiving about $1,000 of the money. He reportedly did the same with a company in O’Fallon and applied for a $12,000 loan, as well as a company in Shiloh.

Bail was set at $100,000.

In another case, a Bethalto man was charged with multiple credit card fraud.

Phil V. Uncangco, 36, of Bethalto, was charged with card fraud, a Class 3 felony, and five counts of card fraud, all Class 4 felonies.

The case was brought by the Alton Police Department.

According to court documents, on April 2, 8, 22, and 27, Uncangco allegedly used another person’s credit card without their permission to purchase numerous items at Home Depot.

Bail was set at $40,000.

Patrick A. Greenwell, 39, of Brighton, was charged with burglary, a Class 2 felony. The case was brought by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court documents, on Aug. 24, Greenwell allegedly entered a vacant home in Granite City to commit theft.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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