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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Carmichael Man Indicted for Identity and Mail Theft and Illegally Possessing a Firearm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment today against Manuel Campos Rodriguez, 41, of Carmichael, charging him with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of credit and debit card making equipment, possession of stolen mail, unlawfully possessing 15 or more credit or debit cards, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Rodriguez stole mail and obtained and stored for use credit and debit cards, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Rodriguez used the credit cards of one victim to make purchases at stores, such as Home Depot and Macy’s. Rodriguez also created fake driver’s licenses for victims, which had Rodriguez’s picture on them but the victim’s actual driver’s license number. When arrested, Rodriguez was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Folsom Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee S. Bickley is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN was reinvigorated in 2017 as part of the Department of Justice’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Identity Theft
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
2:18-cr-230-KJM
Updated November 15, 2018