A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing identities of Sacramento-area residents and possessing methamphetamine was sentenced Thursday to four years and two months in federal prison.
Shelby Leeanna Moore, 30, and co-defendant Trevor Lichnock-Gembe, 29, both of Sacramento, stole mail from more than 700 victims in the Sacramento metropolitan area, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Moore was in custody with charges pending for identity theft when she obtained and used methamphetamine, the news release said.
She and Lichnock-Gembe, 29, obtained stolen mail and used the victims’ personal information to open checking and savings accounts and to get debit cards. After opening the accounts, Moore and Lichnock-Gembe used them to deposit stolen, counterfeit and altered checks.
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Surveillance cameras at various locations showed the two opening accounts and making phony deposits at banks, purchasing items with fraudulent debit cards and breaking into mailboxes at apartment complexes, the news release said.
On April 20, 2016, law enforcement officers conducted a probation search at a residence Moore shared with Lichnock-Gembe. There, officers seized stolen property, stolen credit and debit cards, stolen identifications, passports and stolen U.S. mail.
Moore was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.
On April 6, Judge England sentenced Lichnock-Gembe to four years and 10 months in prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of identification documents.
The potential losses resulting from the defendants’ attempts exceeded $126,879, the news release said. Both defendants were ordered to pay restitution for the actual loss of $71,960.
The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.