United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Stockton Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud and Credit Application Fraud
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Docket #: 2:12-cr-122-KJM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lila Mia Lucero, 25, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to seven counts of mail fraud and two counts of credit application fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, between November 2011 and January 2012, Lucero executed a scheme to steal money from persons, banks, and merchants in the Central Valley of California and elsewhere. To perpetrate this scheme, Lucero obtained stolen identity and financial information of many victims from home burglaries and other methods. She used the information to misdirect mail, change addresses of victims, and apply for lines of credit in the names of victims. Lucero placed her name on several victims’ existing and fraudulently obtained lines of credit in order to obtain cash, goods, and services. At the time of her arrest, Lucero possessed victim information in her home and on her person. She also possessed merchandise and receipts for items she purchased with stolen victim information.
Lucero is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. The maximum sentence is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each count. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.