2nd figure in Naperville-Europe crime ring sentenced
BY BILL BIRD firstname.lastname@example.org February 11, 2013 9:02PM
Darrick Jordan | Courtesy Naperville Police Department
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:25AM
The second of seven people suspected of working in Naperville for a European crime organization has been sentenced to six months in DuPage County Jail.
Darrick L. Jordan, 23, of Decatur, Ga., pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiring to money laundering of more than $100,000 but less than $500,000, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court. Six companion charges that included continuing a financial crimes enterprise and possession of a fradulent driver’s license were dismissed in exchange for that plea, records showed.
Judge Daniel P. Guerin accepted Jordan’s plea and sentenced him Friday to 180 days in jail. With credit for the 116 days he spent in jail following his arrest, Jordan has already completed that term.
Records indicated Guerin also placed Jordan on four years of probation and ordered him to pay $777 in fines and legal fees.
Naperville police on Oct. 15 arrested Jordan and six other residents of Georgia, after they created a “laboratory” in a hotel room on the city’s north side. The lab featured computers, specialized printers and phony documents they used in making counterfeit identification, police said last fall.
More than 50 fraudulent money transfers were allegedly made by members of the group. Detectives also recovered 62 counterfeit identification cards and a number of forged passports.
Jordan and the others formed a mobile group working for organized crime in Eastern Europe, a police spokesman said in October. They used several hotels as they went about duping their victims, who reportedly included dozens of people from the Naperville area.
An unidentified police officer was credited with cracking the case. The officer was working near the hotel where the group was most recently operating and noted suspicious activity one day on the part of at least one of the suspects. That sparked the investigation and led to the arrests.
Another member of the group, Shanekie D Head, 28, of Scottsdale, Ga., was sentenced Dec. 28 to jail. The other five suspects are awaiting trial.