Shannon Western Fields, 42, was charged in an 11-count indictment returned by a federal grant jury in Springfield, Missouri. The indictment alleges that Fields participated in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud from February to May 7, 2018 in Greene, Christian, Jasper and Newton counties. In addition to the conspiracy, Fields is charged with 10 counts of bank fraud. According to the indictment, Fields and others stole mail from individuals and businesses in order to obatin checks and personal identity information. Conspirators purchased blank check stock and magnetic ink from office supply stores to create counterfeit checks by using the stolen checks as templates. They allegedly created checks payable to the conspirators, or used stolen identity information, to create counterfeit indentification such as Social Security cards and Missouri driver’s licenses to cash the checks. The indictment refers to 11 unidentified co-conspirators who were identified as the payees listed on the forged and counterfeit checks and who, along with Fields, attempted to cash those checks at area financial institutions. Fields and his co-conspirators allegedly attempted to cash 41 counterfeit checks at financial institutions in Springfield and Branson. Many of those attempts were unsuccessful.