Man Allegedly Changes Address Of UPS HQ To His Own Apartment

A man has been charged with mail fraud and mail theft, following a scam in which the address of UPS' Atlanta headquarters was changed to that of his own Chicago apartment.

Court documents seen by NPR allege that the scam saw such items as American Express cards - in the name of UPS' chief executive - being delivered to Dushaun Henderson-Spruce's small apartment in Rogers Park, Chicago.

The neighbours must've thought he was extremely popular because, unbelievably, the 24-year-old was reportedly receiving so much post that it jammed his letterbox to the point where nothing else could fit in, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Credit: Evanston Police
Credit: Evanston Police

Mail carriers had to start leaving letters, some of which were addressed to CEOs and board-members of UPS, at Henderson-Spruce's local postal office.

Henderson-Spruce does have a minor connection to UPS, with his Facebook claiming he had spent a brief period working for the posting company back in 2012, as an 'unloader and loader' of packages at one of the company's facilities in Hodgkins, Illinois.

Henderson-Spruce is currently being held in custody and is scheduled to have a hearing next week.

The ploy started when a US Postal Service change-of-address was submitted on 26 October, according to an affidavit submitted to the court. It requested that UPS' official address should be amended from its Atlanta base, to Henderson-Spruce's North Ashland Avenue apartment.

The Tribune reports that he did not identify himself on the form, and while his initials were stamped on the signature line of the change-of-address form, these were subsequently scratched out and replaced with 'UPS'.

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Credit: PA

A security coordinator working for UPS discovered the change on 16 January, three months after the scam started.

A week after, inspectors went to Henderson-Spruce's apartment and were shocked to discover 'several thousand' letters of correspondence addressed to UPS and executives.

Some of the mail included highly-sensitive documentation, such as corporate cards, family letters and cheques.

In fact, according to the charges, fraud investigation company Fifth Third Bank found that ten cheques addressed to UPS were deposited to a personal account in Henderson-Spruce'sname, amounting to over $58,000 (£42,770).

The charged man had previously told police that the whole incident was a mix-up, and that someone had likely stolen his identity. He has no prior felony convictions, although according to the Tribune, records show him being arrested twice in a matter of days for minor drug charges and allegations of bank fraud - a year before his alleged involvement in the UPS scam.

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