The woman who wasn’t goes to prison
July 13, 2017
• Stockton woman clones a new identity to steal
• Gets three years
It took a lot of work for Patricia Ramona Vasquez, 37, of Stockton to become someone else. And now that work has been rewarded with a three-year federal prison sentence.
Ms. Vasquez did it to steal, prosecutors say.
In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. ordered her to pay $30,971 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert says Ms. Vasquez was found guilty of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and mail fraud.
According to court documents, between February and July of last year Ms. Vasquez targeted a woman with the same last name and obtained her mail to obtain documents and information to steal her identity. She then created an email address for her new identity. On April 4, 2016, Ms. Vasquez entered a DMV branch in Sacramento and claimed her California driver’s license was lost or stolen. In doing so, she obtained a genuine driver’s license with her own picture and the identity theft victim’s personal identifying information.
Using that false identity, on April 15 Ms. Vasquez bought a Nissan Altima from an auto dealership in Stockton, getting -- at the victim’s and creditors’ expense -- a car loan from Well Fargo Bank for $16,703.
It did not stop there. On May 20, 2016, as law enforcement was tightening its net, Ms. Vasquez opened accounts at Golden 1 Credit Union in Stockton using her phony California driver’s license number, the victim’s SSN, date of birth, true residence address, and signature. After opening the credit union accounts, she deposited stolen and altered checks to obtain cash.