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Sacramento woman pleads guilty to mail fraud, identity theft

A Sacramento woman accused of defrauding a bail bond company and passing checks stolen from the mail has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Jennifer Ann Lynch, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Sacramento to two counts of mail fraud and a single count of aggravated identity theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, on May 3, 2013, Lynch was arrested in Lincoln for unrelated California state offenses. She was later released from state custody on a $175,000 bond that she obtained through fraud. Authorities said she defrauded a bail bond company by falsely representing her assets, ability to pay and her income to secure the bond. She also obtained and altered stolen money orders to pay for the bond.

On May 17, 2013, while Lynch was out of custody, she took checks that were stolen from the mail and opened a Safe Credit Union account using the identity of the mail theft victim, including the victim’s name, date of birth, driver’s license number, employer identification and security badge, Social Security number and signature, authorities said. Between May 17 and July 31, 2013, Lynch deposited additional stolen and altered checks, then withdrew cash.

Lynch is to be sentenced Sept. 16 by U.S. District judge Lawrence K. Karlton.

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the Roseville Police Department and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.