Anderson man pleads guilty in mail theft and bank fraud scheme


    According to the Department of Justice, 37 year-old William Lee Ashley, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, on Thursday.

    Court documents show between December 2017 and March 2018, Ashley stole identities and defrauded banks.

    He broke into mailboxes throughout Northern California and stole mail, containing things like bankcards, personal and business checks.

    He fraudulently activated and used those bankcards.

    Ashley also forged and altered stolen checks and deposited them into his bank accounts.

    On March 9, 2018, he was arrested and found in possession of stolen mail and a U.S. Postal Service lock.

    Ashley will be in court again on June 13th.

    He faces two years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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