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Red Bluff woman sentenced 2 years for bank fraud, identity theft

A Red Bluff woman who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and possession of stolen mail was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

Crystal Candiece Cooper, 35, pleaded guilty in June of 2017 after she was accused of obtaining financial and identity information, checks, credit cards and bank cards from stolen U.S. mail. She also allegedly targeted postal customers in Red Bluff.

Cooper was sentenced to two years and five months.

One victim of Cooper's identity theft scheme had applied for Social Security benefits and expected to receive a debit card in the mail to access the money. Instead, Cooper obtained mail stolen from the victim and found the victim’s debit card and other identifying information. Cooper was able to activate the card and set a PIN to give her access to the funds. She made four separate cash withdrawals using the debit card.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department and Red Bluff Police Department.

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