Five of the defendants were charged with felony mail fraud and six were charged with misdemeanor theft counts. The government said the indictments are all separate.
Prosecutors say the defendants were all gainfully employed while receiving benefits, some with the U.S. Postal Service.
The defendants are:
Nicholas G. Boulahanis, 36, of Algonquin
Yolanda Davis, 36, of Chicago
Reuvean Day, 43, of Park Forest
Luis Diaz, 37, of Northlake
Torenzo Dillon, 26, of Harvey
Carlos Flores, 43, of Hainesville
Chantel Hannah, 42, of Chicago
Loretta Morris, 32, of Chicago
Todd Motton, 35, of Chicago
Spirodon Vithoulkas, 42, of Palos Hills
Sanuelle Williams, 41, of Country Club Hills