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Identity theft scheme used vacation holds, address change requests to divert mail

Three Sacramento residents are accused of using fraudulent vacation holds and address changes to steal mail and commit identity theft.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Friday brought an eight-count indictment against Latomba Bishop, Joshua Yadon and Norman Thompson, charging them with conspiracy to obtain mail by fraud, access device fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Thompson, 36, Bishop, 32, and Yadon, 33, allegedly used stolen personal identifying information to fraudulently obtain credit cards, checks and merchandise. To avoid detection, they often requested that the items be mailed to the victims’ real addresses. But the alleged conspirators then filed false vacation holds and change-of-address forms with the U.S. Postal Service to divert the items to themselves, according to the news release.

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

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy