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Fair Oaks man pleads guilty in identity theft case

A Fair Oaks man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft in a case involving stolen mail.

Trevor Kintaro Lichnock-Gembe, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of identification documents belonging to other people, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

Court documents indicate that between June 14, 2015, and June 1, 2016, Lichnock-Gembe and co-defendant Shellby L. Moore, 29, of Sacramento, allegedly stole mail and obtained other stolen property containing personal and financial information of victims from residential and vehicle burglaries in Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado counties.

The two allegedly used the stolen mail and victims’ identification and financial information to alter and manufacture checks that were cashed at the expense of local banks and credit unions.

Lichnock-Gembe possessed more than five different stolen victim identifications, and he and Moore opened bank accounts using the stolen personal and financial information so they could deposit stolen checks and withdraw cash, authorities said.

Lichnock-Gembe was arrested June 1 as he was fleeing a Sacramento apartment complex where he allegedly had just stolen mail.

He is to be sentenced Dec. 1 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

Moore is scheduled for a status conference Oct. 6 before Judge England.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy