A Vallejo woman has been sentenced to serve seven years and three months in prison for a scheme to buy multiple vehicles using stolen identities, said U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.
Simone Aguilar, 45, pleaded guilty on Oct. 7, 2016 to possession of device-making equipment and aggravated identity theft.
Aguilar's co-defendant, 49-year-old Gurpinder Sandhu, pleaded guilty on Sep. 1, 2015 and was sentenced to nine years in prison on March 4, 2016.
In Sep. 2014 law enforcement agents started an investigation on reports of cars being fraudulently bought at dealerships with stolen identities throughout the Northern and Eastern districts in California.
Law enforcement officials then continued the investigation which led to the two suspects residence where they found three cars; a 2014 Nissan Rogue, a 2014 Dodge Challnger and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Agents found counterfeit credit cards and California driver's licenses inside the residence. Also, equipment including cameras, printers, scanners, materials and chemicals used to create ID cards, a blue backdrop on the wall imitating a DMV background photo and more.
Throughout the investigation, law enforcement agents identified that at least 50 victims had been victims of identity theft. The two suspects used the identities to not only purchase cars from dealerships, but retail items from stores like Macy's.
This case was a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigraion and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations and the California Highway Patrol.