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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Yuba County Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Earnest Marshall Badman, 31, of Marysville, pleaded guilty today to aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.


According to court documents, in January 2016 and February 2016, Badman executed a scheme to defraud banks by using credit cards and checks and identification documents of others obtained from stolen mail and burglaries.


On February 9, 2016, Badman was arrested after a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle in Colusa County. The vehicle pursuit ended in the backyard of an Arbuckle home. Badman attempted to flee on foot but was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Badman possessed burglary tools, credit cards in the names of others, and stolen mail. He possessed the mail and identity information of over 40 victims and over 15 different access devices and credit cards for fraudulent use.


This case is the product of an investigation of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Yuba County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yuba County Probation Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.


Badman is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on November 3, 2017. Badman faces a minimum mandatory penalty of two years in prison. 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.

Identity Theft
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Updated August 11, 2017