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Woman draws prison sentence for identity theft targeting former employers

A woman accused of identity theft in Sacramento and Placer counties has been sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison.

Natashia Adams Lugo, 31, pleaded no contest to four felony counts of identity theft and admitted to a prior attempted robbery strike conviction, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Micheal Bowman on Thursday sentenced Lugo consecutively to a Placer County identity theft case for an aggregate term of 14 years and 8 months in state prison.

Lugo was an employee of the Job Journal LLC. After she was fired in February 2014, she used the Job Journal’s bank checking and routing number to pay more than $40,000 of her own debt, authorities said. She also used the Job Journal’s bank account information to fraudulently fund $17,200 worth of payments into her own child support account.

After Lugo was fired from another job, at Balanced Body, in June 2014, she fraudulently used the personal identifying information of Balanced Body and some of its customers to steal more than $11,000, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy