Two Sacramento brothers have pleaded guilty in a case involving identity theft and bank fraud.
Glen Patrick Shoults, 27, and Jackie Lester Shoults III, 31, admitted to stealing the identity of U.S. Postal Service and department store customers to commit bank fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
Between Feb. and Dec. 15, 2012, Glen Shoults' girlfriend, co-defendant Kathleen S. Wade, worked at a Sacramento department store, according to court records. The Shoults brothers, at times using Wade's sales clerk position, made fraudulent transactions on bank and credit card accounts of numerous victims.
The brothers obtained stolen mail largely from Sacramento and Elk Grove postal customers to further their scheme, officials said.
According to the plea agreement, the defendants' used victims' identities and credit card accounts to purchase and later return high-value items for cash, credit and exchange. The activities were uncovered with the assistance of the department store's loss prevention team.
On Oct. 19, 2012, and again on Dec. 7, Glen Shoults conducted fraudulent transactions using victims' identity and credit card accounts. On Oct. 25 and Nov. 12, 2012, Jackie Shoults used other victims' identities to commit fraudulent transactions and to obtain cash by fraud.
The brothers pleaded guilty Thursday and are to be sentenced Aug. 1 by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.
Wade is scheduled to appear before Judge Nunley for a status conference May 30. She is charged with conspiracy and numerous counts of bank fraud, possession of stolen U.S. Mail and aggravated identity theft.
All three defendants are in federal custody.
The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Sacramento Police Department.