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Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and Identity Theft in Year-Long Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Bobbi Jo Heiss, 36, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, between August 2020 and September 2021, Heiss engaged in a scheme to steal debit cards, checks, identity documents, and banking information in order to make fraudulent purchases, cash checks, and open unauthorized lines of credit. The scheme caused at least $250,000 in actual and attempted loss during that year-long period.

For example, as part of the scheme, on April 30, 2021, Heiss presented a check for $57,767 to a car dealership in Fresno with the name and driver’s license number of an identity theft victim in order to purchase a 2017 Sierra GMA.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office - Elder Abuse Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Carbajal is prosecuting the case.

Heiss is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on August 21, 2023. Heiss faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for bank fraud. She faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence and a fine of $250,000 for 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.

Updated June 20, 2023

Elder Justice
Identity Theft