United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Trio Indicted for Aggravated I.D. Theft in Schemes to Commit bank Fraud with Stolen U.S. Mail
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Docket #: 2:13-cr-33-GEB
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Glen Patrick Shoults, 26, Jackie Lester Shoults, 31, and Kathleen S. Wade, 29, all of Sacramento, were indicted today by a federal grand jury for stealing the identity of U.S. Postal Service and department store customers to commit bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, between February 2012 and December 15, 2012, Wade worked at a Sacramento department store. Her boyfriend, Glen Shoults, and his brother, Jackie Shoults, are alleged to have conspired with Wade to use her position to make fraudulent transactions on bank and credit card accounts. The three defendants obtained stolen mail largely from Sacramento and Elk Grove postal customers. During the defendants' scheme, each defendant posed as true account holders, presented and used stolen victim account holder financial instruments to buy merchandise at the department store where Wade worked. They then returned the merchandise for cash, credit, and exchange. The defendants’ unlawful conduct was uncovered with the assistance of the department store's loss prevention team.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy, 30 years in prison for bank fraud, and five years in prison for possession of stolen mail. 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. Wade is scheduled to be arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman in Sacramento on February 13, 2013. The remaining defendants are currently in state custody on other charges.
The allegations in the indictment are only accusations and all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.