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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stockton Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Aggravated I.D. Theft In Large Scale U.S. Mail Theft And Bank Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rudy Angelo Trujillo, 36, of Stockton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. today to six years in prison for three counts of aggravated identification theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Trujillo and his wife, Regina L. Perea, 34, possessed hundreds of pieces of stolen U.S. mail, along with hundreds of stolen checks, credit cards and identification documents at their Stockton residence. During the January 21, 2014, search of their residence, law enforcement recovered the stolen mail and found evidence indicating that the defendants were altering checks, and manufacturing credit cards. During the search, Trujillo and Perea successfully fled from law enforcement, and a high-speed chase ensued through Stockton residential streets. On March 7, 2014, Trujillo and Perea were arrested in San Jose. Upon arrest, the defendants were driving a stolen vehicle and were again in possession of a large quantity of stolen U.S. mail, checks, credit cards, and identification documents.

On May 15, 2014, Perea and Trujillo each pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated identity theft. On October 2, 2014, Perea was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Stockton Police Department, the San Jose Police Department, the Placer County Sheriff's Office, and the Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

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Docket #: 2:14-cr-117-MCE
Updated April 8, 2015