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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stockton Woman Sentenced To Over 4 Years In Prison For Credit Application Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft And Firearm Charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alisha Terese Rodriguez, 36, of Stockton, was sentenced on Thursday to four and a half years in prison for credit application fraud, identity theft, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller ordered Rodriguez to pay $60,010 in restitution.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Stockton Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

According to court documents, Rodriguez used stolen identity and credit information of victims to obtain unauthorized lines of credit. Subsequently, Rodriguez added her name to the unauthorized victim accounts and obtained credit cards to access the lines of credit. Rodriguez charged over $60,000 to the unauthorized lines of credit. She sustained the unauthorized lines of credit by paying monthly bills for the lines of credit with funds from other victims’ bank accounts. On May 9, 2013, federal search warrants were executed on Rodriguez's residence, her parents' residence, and her vehicles. Law enforcement found a loaded .40-caliber stolen pistol in Rodriguez’s handbag. Law enforcement recovered evidence that Rodriguez possessed personal and financial information for more than 300 victims.

Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, San Francisco Division stated: “We work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners in law enforcement to arrest and prosecute those who use the mail to engage in complex fraud schemes. With the support of local law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Postal Inspectors are focusing investigative efforts on these critical investigations."

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Docket #: 2:13-cr-197- KJM
Updated April 8, 2015