Man Accused of Making His Chicago Apartment UPS HQ

Dushaun Henderson-Spruce allegedly filled out USPS change-of-address form to get UPS mail
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2018 7:23 AM CDT
Dushaun Henderson-Spruce.   (Evanston Police Department, via NPR)

(Newser) – UPS headquarters is officially in Atlanta, but for a few months, it found a new home in what the Chicago Tribune last month called a tiny, "timeworn apartment" in Chicago—on paper, anyway. Per court documents cited by NPR, a fraudulent change-of-address form for UPS was submitted to the US Postal Service on Oct. 26, allegedly by Dushaun Henderson-Spruce. The request went through, and soon "[s]everal thousand pieces of First Class US mail and registered mail" started coming Henderson-Spruce's way, per a criminal complaint. Among the correspondence said to have found its way to Apartment L2 in Rogers Park: letters to the UPS CEO and other execs, mail that held personal info about UPS employees, five American Express corporate credit cards, and business checks.

And Henderson-Spruce—who only briefly collected a real paycheck for UPS in 2012 as a package handler, per the Tribune—is accused of depositing nearly $60,000 of those checks into his own bank account, per an affidavit. UPS security didn't catch on to the alleged scam until mid-January. A subsequent search of Henderson-Spruce's apartment found 3,000 or so pieces of mail meant for UPS, court docs note, and the mail carrier who delivered to Henderson-Spruce's apartment told investigators "voluminous" amounts of mail went there. Henderson-Spruce, who told the Tribune the whole thing was an error that wasn't his fault and that he may have been the victim of identity theft, now faces federal mail theft and mail fraud charges, the latter of which could send him to prison for 20 years if convicted. (An Indiana couple admitted to fleecing Amazon out of $1.2 million in merch.)

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