Sacramento Woman Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft And A Scheme To Defraud
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jennifer Ann Lynch, 37, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of mail fraud and a single count of aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, on May 3, 2013, Lynch was arrested in Lincoln for unrelated California state offenses. She was later released from state custody on a $175,000 bond she obtained through fraud. Specifically, Lynch defrauded a bail bond company by falsely representing her assets, ability to pay, and her income in order to secure the bond. She also obtained and altered stolen money orders to pay for the bond.
On May 17, 2013, while Lynch was out of custody, she took checks that were stolen from the mail and opened a Safe Credit Union account using the identity of the mail theft victim including her name, date of birth, driver's license number, employer identification and security badge, social security number, and signature. Between May 17, 2013, and July 31, 2013, Lynch deposited additional stolen and altered checks. After she deposited stolen checks, she withdrew cash.
San Francisco Division Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez of the United States Postal Inspection Service stated: “We are working closely with the U.S. Attorney's Office and our partners in law enforcement to ensure the U.S. Mail system is not used to facilitate criminal activity.”
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County District Attorney's Office with assistance from the Roseville Police Department and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
Lynch is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton. She faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison 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.