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Sacramento woman sentenced for defrauding bail bond firm, identity theft

A Sacramento woman has been sentenced in federal court to three years in prison for defrauding a bail bond company and for identify theft.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Wednesday also ordered 37-year-old Jennifer Ann Lynch to pay full restitution to her victims. Lynch was sentenced for two counts of mail fraud related to a scheme to obtain bail and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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

On March 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. Between Mary 17 and July 31, 2013, Lynch deposited additional stolen and altered checks, then withdrew cash, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. 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.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.