FRESNO, Calif. (KERO) — A 35-year-old man from Arvin was sentenced to five years in prison for causing more than $95,000 to be charged to other people's bank accounts.
Rogelio Benavides was sentenced to five years and five months in prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, Benavides got hold of hundreds of pieces of stolen mail that included checks, and personal identification information. He then used that information to deposit forged checks into his bank accounts and apply for credit cards. He also used the information to gain access to people's bank accounts and used those to pay off credit cards, personal loans, and insurance policies.
All told, Benavides made over $95,000 in fraudulent charges to other people's accounts and credit cards.