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Sacramento man sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison for mail fraud

Sacramento resident Norman Thompson, 36, on Thursday was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $38,086.75 for conspiring to commit mail fraud over a seven-month period stretching into the beginning of this year.

Thompson and co-defendants Joshua Yadon and Latomba Bishop allegedly used stolen personal information to receive credit cards, credit reports, checks and other financial merchandise in other people’s names from October 2016 to May 2017.

The trio then filed fraudulent forwarding requests and vacation holds with the U.S. Postal Service to keep the intended recipients from obtaining their mail, according to court documents.

A U.S. Postal Service investigation with assistance from the Davis Police Department, Woodland Police Department and Sacramento County Probation Department led to a federal lawsuit against the three defendants. Charges of conspiracy to obtain mail by fraud, access device fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft remain pending against Yadon and Bishop.

Thompson faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Yadon’s maximum sentence is the same as Thompson’s, while Bishop could face up to 20 years in prison.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052; @BenjyEgel