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North Highlands woman pleads guilty to fraud, identity theft, possessing stolen mail

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm

A North Highlands woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and two counts of possession of stolen mail, according to a statement released by United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

An investigation led by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, found that Elise Elizabeth Perez, 42, had used forged checks and stolen IDs to deposit money into her bank account and make purchases.

In May, law enforcements officers conducted a search warrant found personal financial identification information of others, U.S. mail and stolen property in her residence. In April, she used the stolen checks and driver’s license of one victim to purchase items, according to the statement.

The United States Postal Inspection Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and and other law enforcement to “ensure the U.S. Mail system is not used to facilitate criminal activity,” said Rafael Nunez, inspector in charge at the agency’s San Francisco Division.

Perez will be sentenced Nov. 4 and faces up to 30 years in prison for bank fraud, up to five years for possession of stolen mail, and a mandatory minimum of two years for aggravated identity theft.

Contact The Bee’s Vanessa Ochavillo, (916) 326-5510

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