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Sacramento Resident Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Involving a Rancho Cordova Veterinary Clinic

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marie Antoinette Alcanter, 48, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Alcanter obtained victims’ personal and financial information from co-defendant Rose Marie Segale, 41, of San Jose, formerly of Sacramento. Segale had obtained the information through her employment at a veterinary clinic. Alcanter used the information to make purchases and withdrawals using victims’ accounts, as well as to open new accounts using victims’ identities. When Alcanter’s residence was searched by federal agents, they found numerous documents that Segale had provided from the veterinary clinic. One of them was a statement for euthanasia and cremation of a dog, on which Segale had recorded the client’s credit card number. Using victims’ information, Alcanter obtained over $40,000 worth of items and cash between Dec. 2016 and March 2018.

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.

Alcanter is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 21, 2020. Segale previously pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2020. Each defendant 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.

Updated November 22, 2019

Topic
Identity Theft
Press Release Number: 2:19-cr-014 GEB