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Elk Grove woman draws prison sentence for identity theft

An Elk Grove woman was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley also ordered 32-year-old Brittany Dyan Cunningham to pay $1,367 in restitution, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Cunningham pleaded guilty to the charges April 7.

According to court documents, between Dec. 1 and Jan. 13, Cunningham obtained stolen personal and financial identification information and used it to make online purchases, open bank accounts and pose as the identity-theft victims to conduct fraudulent transactions and obtain goods. When law enforcement officers searched Cunningham’s Elk Grove residence, they found stolen mail from more than 50 victims and more than 15 bank cards.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the Elk Grove Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy