District Attorney - San Joaquin County


TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

222 E. Weber Avenue
Second Floor, Room 202
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-2400
Fax: (209) 465-0371


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San Joaquin County


 
May 23, 2017

CONTACT: Tim Daly, Public Information Officer
T (209) 395-8315  | E tim.daly@sjcda.org

 

Lodi ID Theft Case Produces Guilty Plea

 

STOCKTON, CA -  On May 19, 2017 defendant Roger Alexander Hoover pled guilty to 8 felony counts of identity theft and forgery and was sentenced to 5 years in state prison for a case in which Kohl's of Lodi and Lodi Waste Management were among the victims.

In January, 2017, the defendant went to F&M Bank located on McGaw street in Stockton and committed identity theft and forgery by presenting an altered check made out to Hoover, for $3,568.47 drawn on the account belonging to a female victim.

On April 6 & 7, 2017, the defendant again committed identity theft when he went to the Kohl's in Lodi and used an altered identification card using a male victim's personal identification to open a credit card and make purchases totaling $769.00.

On April 14, 2017, the defendant was found in possession of over $20,000 worth of stolen property from a burglary of Lodi Waste Management, in addition to multiple fake California ID cards, passports, social security cards and fake U.S. Marshall's identification card.  Also found were fake and washed checks, 22 credit cards in various people's names, a fake police badge, a box containing 70 blank magnetic strip cards, a card reader, and various tax, bank and other personal identifying information from 19 different people.

Hoover's 5-year prison sentence is a split sentence with 16 months to be served in county jail and the remainder of the sentence to be served on community supervision.  

Prosecutor Katherine Mahood offers these basic tips to help others protect themselves from ID theft: 

  • Don't put outgoing mail in your mailbox.  Drop it off at the post office.
  • Do retrieve your incoming mail delivery with without exception.
  • Do record all of your credit card information and how to contact those firms in a safe place at home so you can call and cancel immediately if those cards are lost or stolen.
  • Do not provide account information over the phone when a business or government agency calls you.  Get your account statement and call the number on the statement.
  • Do check your credit report twice a year to look for unauthorized activity.  Banks typically provide one free report a year.