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Sacramento Woman Indicted for Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, and Possession of Stolen Mail

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Ashley Leyba, 32, of Sacramento, charging her with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession of stolen mail, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Leyba executed a scheme to defraud a financial institution. She obtained identity information, identification documents, cards, and checks belonging to other people without their authorization. Leyba obtained at least some of these items from stolen mail. She used stolen identification to cash altered stolen checks to obtain money and other things of value from a credit union. On March 22, 2022, Leyba was found to be in possession of stolen mail.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliot C. Wong is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Leyba faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each count of bank fraud, a mandatory two-year sentence on each count of aggravated identity theft, and a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the count of possession of stolen mail. 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.

Updated May 12, 2022

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft