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Woman used stolen mail from Sacramento, Sutter counties in identity theft scheme

A Stockton woman is headed to prison for her role in an identity theft scheme that used mail stolen from post offices in Sacramento and Sutter counties.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Wednesday sentenced Breneth L. Chase, 44, to four years and 10 months in prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of counterfeit identification documents, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents indicate that Chase and others obtained U.S. mail and postal keys stolen during burglaries of post offices in Sacramento and Sutter counties. Chase used the stolen mail to manufacture checks and identification documents to cash phony checks, apply for lines of credit and make purchases at local department stores.

According to court documents, Chase possessed more than five different manufactured identifications, including U.S. military identifications and badges. Chase admitted that she possessed personal and financial information for numerous Sutter County and Sacramento County residents, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, Stockton Police Department and the Sutter Creek Police Department, with assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy