Bank fraud pays off with prison term for Bakersfield man
November 6, 2017
• Stole IDs and other info from the mail
• Two others also found guilty
Edgar Alexander Gomez, 42, of Bakersfield, has been sentenced to two years and one day in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, says U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert.
Mr. Gomez also was ordered to pay restitution for damage he caused to U.S. Postal Service facilities in connection with his criminal scheme. He pleaded guilty on May 31, 2016.
According to court documents, between July and September 2012, Mr. Gomez stole identity documents from the U.S. Mail, such as driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and credit and debit cards. On several occasions, he attempted to open bank accounts using the identities of people whose mail he had stolen. In connection with one of these attempts to fraudulently open bank accounts, Mr. Gomez attempted to cash a check after forging the payee’s signature.
Co-defendant Jennifer Barthel, 37, also of Bakersfield, previously was sentenced to time-served for her role in the conspiracy. Co-defendant Augustine Castro Salazar, 48, also of Bakersfield, previously pleaded guilty to theft of U.S. mail, admitting that he and Gomez on five occasions in August 2012 broke open and stole mail from mail boxes at several U.S. Postal Service facilities in Bakersfield. Mr. Salazar is awaiting sentencing.