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Two Albuquerque Women Plead Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Amelia Cordova, 34, and Bridget Jessica Sanchez, 35, both of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to aggravated identity theft charges.


Cordova, Sanchez and their co-defendant Kenneth Webb, 50, also of Albuquerque, were charged in a five-count indictment filed on Oct. 25, 2016, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and receipt of stolen mail. The indictment was superseded on April 26, 2017, and charged the three defendants with participating in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud from Jan. 2015 through Feb. 2016. The superseding indictment also charged each of the three defendants with committing aggravated identity theft on the following dates: Cordova on Feb. 13, 2016; Sanchez on Jan. 19, 2015; and Webb on June 2, 2015. It also charged Cordova and Sanchez with theft or receipt of stolen mail on July 20, 2015. According to the superseding indictment, the defendants committed the crimes in Bernalillo County, N.M.


During today’s proceedings, Cordova and Sanchez each pled guilty to an aggravated identity theft charge under plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In their plea agreements, Cordova and Sanchez admitted that they conspired to defraud financial institutions, including First Financial Credit Union, Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, Bank of America and Bank of the West. They also admitted that in furtherance of that conspiracy, they possessed mail and other information, including bank account, debit card and credit card numbers belonging to others, that had been stolen from a post office, mail receptacle, or mail carrier. Cordova and Sanchez admitted using the numbers for the bank accounts, credit cards and debit cards to make purchases, and forging signatures of others in making those purchases. Cordova and Sanchez also admitted using bank account numbers and bank routing numbers contained in the stolen mail to make counterfeit personal checks, which they used to make purchases.


In entering her guilty plea, Cordova admitted that between Feb. 13 and 21, 2016, she used credit card number information from two different people to commit bank fraud.


In entering her guilty plea, Sanchez admitted that on Jan. 19, 2015 and between June 15 and 24, 2015, she used bank account information belonging to another person to commit bank fraud. Sanchez also admitted using credit card number information of another person on Feb. 10, 20, and 21, 2016.


At sentencing, Cordova and Sanchez each face a mandatory penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 each. Sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.


Webb has entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This case was investigated the U.S. Postal Service and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Kraehe.

Updated June 15, 2017

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft