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Sacramento Woman Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Aggravated ID Theft and Using Methamphetamine While in Custody

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shellby Leeanna Moore, 30, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to four years and two months in prison for aggravated identity theft and possession of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, while Moore was in custody with charges pending for identity theft, she obtained and used methamphetamine. On March 16, 2017, Moore pleaded guilty to stealing identities of Sacramento County residents and possessing methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Moore and co-defendant Trevor Lichnock-Gembe, 29, of Sacramento, obtained stolen mail and used the personal information of victims to open checking and savings accounts and to obtain debit cards. After opening the accounts, the defendants used them to deposit stolen, counterfeit, and altered checks. Surveillance cameras at various locations showed the defendants opening accounts and making phony deposits at banks, making purchases with the fraudulent debit cards, and breaking into mail boxes at apartment complexes.

On April 20, 2016, law enforcement agents conducted a probation search where Moore lived with Lichnock-Gembe. Inside the residence, officers seized stolen property, stolen credit and debit cards, stolen identifications, passports, and stolen U.S. mail.

On April 6, 2017, Judge England sentenced co-defendant Lichnock-Gembe to four years and 10 months in prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and unlawful possession of identification documents. The attempted loss exceeded $126,879, and both defendants were ordered to pay restitution for the actual loss of $71,960. The defendants stole mail from over 700 different victims in the greater Sacramento Metropolitan area.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the cases.

Updated June 22, 2017

Identity Theft
Press Release Number: 2:16-cr-147, 2:17-cr-035, 2:17-cr-040 MCE