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Sacramento man headed to prison for bank fraud, identity theft

A Sacramento man who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

Raleigh Rana Figueras, 36, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He pleaded guilty in February to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen U.S. mail, and unlawful possession of five or more identification documents.

In March, Judge England sentenced Figueras’ estranged wife, Michele Reyes Serrano, 35, also of Sacramento, to five years and 11 months in prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of stolen U.S. mail.

Between June 2015 and January 2016, Figueras, Serrano and others obtained identities and financial information from stolen mail and other stolen property. They subsequently used that information to pose as the identity theft victims and use their stolen bank accounts, access device numbers and altered checks to obtain money, goods and services from banks and merchants, the news release said.

Figueras also created counterfeit driver’s licenses on his computer.

Surveillance cameras caught Figueras and Serrano cashing checks or making purchases at Sacramento-area Target and Walmart stores, the news release said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento County Probation Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy