SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rose Marie Segale, 41, of San Jose, formerly of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Segale used her employment at a veterinary clinic and her pet‑sitting work to obtain clients’ personal and financial information. She provided that information to her co-defendant, Marie Antoinette Alcanter, who allegedly used it to make purchases and withdrawals using victims’ accounts, as well as to open new accounts using victims’ identities. One of the credit card numbers that Segale gave to Alcanter belonged to a client who used it to pay for euthanasia and cremation of a dog. Between December 2016 and March 2018, Alcanter is alleged to have obtained over $40,000 worth of items and cash using victims’ identities.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam R. Hinman is prosecuting the case.
Segale is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2020. Segale faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the access device fraud offense, as well as a mandatory two-year prison term for the aggravated identity theft. The actual sentence, however, will 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. Charges are pending against Alcanter. The charges are only allegations; she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.