Concord man sentenced for $250,000 identity theft

SAN FRANCISCO — A Concord resident was sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to a multi-year impersonation scheme that cost victims more than $250,000.

Jason Blackard, 38, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney. He pleaded guilty last October to “committing a series of frauds and thefts” from January 2019 to February 2021. The ill-gotten gains were spent on clothes, Home Depot gear, a $58,000 sports car $, a motorboat and a Mercedes Benz, prosecutors say.

Blackard’s attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Falk, wrote in a sentencing memo that Blackard was working to right his wrongs and cited a Santa Rita jail sergeant who praised Blackard’s work ethic. Blackard in a prison labor program.

“By pleading guilty to his conduct throughout this period, Mr. Blackard takes full ownership of his lifestyle and fully acknowledges that he has caused enormous harm to individuals and businesses,” Falk wrote, later adding, “In his own words, he was a threat to society, and he wanted to close all these cases with guilty pleas and ‘make things right’.”

Authorities say that in January 2019, Blackard was caught disguised as a postman, using a United States Postal Service key to open a mailbox at Sacramento and Powell streets in San Francisco. As part of the plea deal, he admitted to trying to steal mail.

The fraud scheme involved stealing identities, writing checks and loans for “big ticket” items, and buying expensive merchandise. As part of the agreement, he will reimburse $134,908.32 in restitution to the victims.

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