Sacto 9-1-1
June 22, 2009
Member of identity theft ring sentenced to prison

From Kim Minugh:

A 27-year-old woman was sentenced today to three years and four months in prison for her part in an identity theft ring, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Stealing mail and going "dumpster diving" between March 28 and April 16, Jennifer Chavez found the name of one victim and the bank routing number of another and used them to forge and cash 13 counterfeit checks, according to the release.

Authorities who searched her home found stolen mail, counterfeit checks, computers and printing equipment. Detectives linked Chavez to the crimes by tracing fraudulent transactions and viewing surveillance footage, the release states.

Three other people were linked to the identity theft ring, and two of them have been arrested, according to the release. The third remains at large.

At the time she committed the crimes, Chavez was on probation for similar offenses, the release states.

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