Five Stockton residents have been convicted and sentenced for conspiracy to commit identity theft, in which a majority of the 80 plus victims were current or retired City of Stockton firefighters.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's office said Derek Jones Sr., Michelle Anders, Michael Anderson, Aida Lazo, and Raymond Glasgow all pled guilty at various times during the month of October. In addition to 5 years of probation, the defendants received jail sentences ranging from 4 to 8 months. The age of the Defendants in this case range from 31 to 46.
The victims personal identifying information was hand-written in a notebook that was found in the possession of two of the defendants. That information was used to fraudulently purchase goods and services from a number of stores from early September 2013, through December of 2014. The list of stores included Walmart, Home Depot, and Target.
The District Attorney's office said one of the defendants, Anders, had the notebook which contained the personal information, which she shared with the others. The notebook was found during a probation search of her room, which she shared with defendant Henderson. It's believed she acquired the information from a fire department payroll document from 2011 / 2012. That document included names, social security numbers and pay rates. She then copied the information into the notebook that was eventually discovered during the probation search. It's not known yet how the defendants obtained the original document. Defendant Jones was caught on Burger King video using ATM cards that were fraudulently obtained.
In this case there were nearly 85 victims, 12 of whom are 65 or older. 65 are current or retired Stockton firefighters. Fortunately, nearly all of them suffered no significant financial loss. The stores however, where the purchases took place, are dealing with losses.