Manteca man sentenced for fraud scheme
September 12, 2017
• Involved identity theft and stolen mail
• He even stole his own landlord’s identity
Matthew Gene Ballard, 38, of Manteca, has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for executing a bank fraud and identity theft scheme and for numerous violations of his supervised release for a prior conviction, says U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert.
Mr. Ballard pleaded guilty to the offenses in February.
According to court documents, Mr. Ballard had been released from federal prison in March 2015 after serving three years for similar offenses and was on supervised release. Between July 2015 and April 2016, Mr. Ballard, working with others, obtained stolen U.S. mail and stolen property, and using the identification information and mail contents, made counterfeit identifications. He then used the identities to fraudulently open accounts, obtain lines of credit, and get cash and goods at the expense of banks and merchants.
As part of his scheme, Mr. Ballard stole his own landlord’s identity and used unauthorized credit cards to pay for personal expenses.