SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Earnest Marshall Badman, 31, of Marysville, was sentenced today to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. for aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
San Francisco Division Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service stated “Postal Inspectors worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners in law enforcement to arrest and prosecute those individuals responsible for thefts of mail and Identity theft crimes committed against the public.”
According to court documents, in January and February of 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 credit cards for fraudulent use.
This case was 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 prosecuted the case.