Stockton pair guilty in large-scale mail theft and bank fraud probe
May 15, 2014
• Stolen mail and credit cards and a high-speed chase
• Now they face years in prison
Stockton residents Rudy Trujillo, 35, and Regina Perea, 34, have pleaded guilty to three counts each of aggravated identification theft related to the fraudulent use of identification documents of others, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.
When they were arrested, the pair had hundreds of pieces of stolen U.S. mail, along with hundreds of stolen checks, credit cards and identification documents at their Stockton home, according to court documents.
During the search of their home in January, law enforcement recovered the stolen mail and found evidence indicating that the defendants were altering checks, and manufacturing credit cards. During the search, the two successfully fled from law enforcement, and a high-speed chase ensued through the streets of Stockton – to no avail.
But in March, Mr. Trujillo and Ms. Perea were arrested in San Jose. Upon arrest, the defendants were driving a stolen vehicle with stolen license plates and were again in possession of a large quantity of stolen U.S. mail, checks, credit cards, and identification documents, court documents showed.
Ms. Perea had assumed the identity of at least two additional female victims while she and Mr. Trujillo were on the run from law enforcement.
They face a possible mandatory minimum sentence of 24 months for each of the three aggravated identity theft convictions when they are sentenced in August.