United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Brothers Plead Guilty to Schemes to Commit Bank Fraud with Stolen U.S. Mail
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Friday, May 10, 2013
Docket #: 2:13-cr-033-TLN, 2:13-cr-168-TLN, 2:13-cr-169-TLN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two Sacramento brothers, Glen Patrick Shoults, 27, and Jackie Lester Shoults III, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday to 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, Glen Shoults's girlfriend, co-defendant Kathleen S. Wade, worked at a Sacramento department store. Glen Shoults and Jackie Shoults, at times using Wade's sales clerk position, made fraudulent transactions on bank and credit card accounts of numerous victims. The brothers obtained stolen mail largely from Sacramento and Elk Grove postal customers in furtherance of the scheme.
According to the plea agreement, the defendants’ scheme involved them using victims’ identities and credit card accounts to purchase and later return high-value items for cash, credit, and exchange. The defendants’ unlawful conduct was uncovered with the assistance of the department store's loss prevention team. On October 19, 2012 and again on December 7, 2012, Glen Shoults conducted fraudulent transactions using victims’ identity and credit card accounts. On October 25, 2012 and again on November 12, 2012, Jackie Shoults used other victims’ identities to commit fraudulent transactions and to obtain cash by fraud.
The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Court Judge Troy L. Nunley on August 1, 2013. Both defendants face a minimum mandatory term of two years in prison for each count to be followed by one year of supervised release. The actual sentences, 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.
Co-defendant Wade is scheduled to appear before Judge Nunley for a status conference on May 30, 2013. She is charged with conspiracy and numerous counts of bank fraud, possession of stolen U.S. Mail, and aggravated identity theft. The allegations against Wade in the indictment are only accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
All three defendants are currently in federal custody on these charges.