Two Bakersfield women were arrested for federal offenses regarding stolen U.S. mail and identity theft.
Kammi Sargent, 48, was charged with bank fraud, possession of stolen U.S. mail and aggravated identity theft. She was found with stolen identity documents including licenses of women who looked like her. She also opened bank accounts under those women's names. She obtained checks stolen from the mail and washed off the name of the payee, substituting the name of the stolen identity onto the check. Sargent then deposited the stolen and altered checks into the fraudulently obtained bank accounts, and used a credit or debit card tied to the accounts to withdraw funds.
Erin Peterson, 40, was charged with possession of stolen U.S. mail, possession of 15 or more unauthorized credit or debit cards, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and aggravated identity theft.