Last defendant sentenced in identity theft scheme involving diverted mail

The final defendant was sentenced Thursday in a mail theft scheme that involved fraudulent vacation holds and mail forwarding requests.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Joshua Yadon, 34, of Sacramento to 2½ years in prison, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

Yadon pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2017, to conspiring to obtain mail by fraud in connection with the scheme.

Yadon and co-defendants Latomba Bishop, 33, and Norman Thompson, 37, used stolen personal identifying information to fraudulently obtain credit cards, checks and merchandise, according to the news release. To avoid detection, they often requested that the items be mailed to the victims' real addresses but then filed false vacation holds and change of address forms with the U.S. Postal Service to divert the items to the conspirators.

The defendants were captured on video using fraudulently obtained credits cards at various retail stores in the Sacramento area. On one occasion, authorities said, Yadon and Bishop purchased more than $1,000 in merchandise at a home improvement store using a credit card obtained through the scheme.

Thompson pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and was sentenced in October to three years and 10 months in prison. Bishop pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced in February to five years and 10 months in prison.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service with assistance from the Davis and Woodland police departments and the Sacramento County Probation Department.