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Bakersfield man sentenced in bank fraud conspiracy case

Posted: 10:48 PM, Nov 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-07 06:48:34Z

A Bakersfield man was sentenced on Monday to more than two years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Edgar Alexander Gomez, 42, was sentenced to two years and one day and was ordered to pay restitution for damage he caused to U.S. Postal Service facilities. 

According to court documents, between July and September 2012, 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 at federally insured financial institutions using the identities of people whose mail he had stolen. 

Gomez pleaded guilty in May 2016.

Two co-defendants from Bakersfield were also sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. Jennifer Barthel, 37, was previously sentenced. Augustine Castro Salazar, 48, 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.

Salazar is awaiting sentencing.