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Two Bakersfield women indicted for possession of stolen mail and identity theft

Two Bakersfield women were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being in possession of stolen mail and aggravated identity theft.

A federal grand jury in Fresno returned the indictments on June 7.

Kammi Sargent, 48, was charged with bank fraud, possession of stolen U.S. mail and aggravated identity theft, according to the first indictment.

Sargent obtained stolen identity documents, including driver’s licenses of women who had similar appearances to her and used them to open bank accounts under the victims’ names, according to court documents.

Erin Peterson, 40, is charged with possession of stolen U.S. mail, unlawfully possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices, according to the second indictment.

A federal search warrant issued December shows 428 pieces of stolen mail, 31 stolen credit and debit cards, over a hundred personal and business checks, and a counterfeit arrow key used to access community mailboxes in her home.

Peterson was also using credit and debit cards stolen from the mail to make purchases at various retail establishments in Bakersfield, according to court documents.

Peterson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Bakersfield and Sargent is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

If convicted, Sargent faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

If convicted, Peterson faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $5 million fine.



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