East Bay man convicted of stealing identities to buy cars and boat

CONCORD, Calif. — A Concord man who admitted disguising himself as a postman to attempt to steal mail from a San Francisco post office box will serve five years and five months in federal prison for that and other crimes, the authorities said. federal authorities this week.

Jason Blackard, 38, was sentenced in US District Court in San Francisco on Wednesday after pleading guilty in October to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices and attempted theft of mail, according to US attorney Stephanie Hinds and US Postal. Service Inspector in Charge Rafael Nuñez.

In his plea agreement, Blackard admitted to committing a series of frauds and thefts over a two-year period from January 2019 to February 2021.

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On January 9, 2019, US Postal Inspectors were conducting surveillance on a USPS mail relay box at the corner of Sacramento Street and Powell Street in San Francisco. Watching the box, which was the target of repeated thefts, they saw Blackard approach and open it.

Blackard wore a USPS hat and jacket and used a USPS-owned key, prosecutors said. In his plea agreement, Blackard admitted that he intended to steal mail from the relay box.

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Blackard further admitted in his plea agreement that he had committed seven other crimes over the next two years.

Three of the crimes involved bank fraud in which Blackard stole other people’s identities and impersonated them to open loans and write checks in their name to buy big-ticket items, including a Toyota sports car $58,000, a $98,000 speedboat and trailer, and a $30,000 Mercedes. -Benz from Chico, Ripon and Vacaville dealerships.

Blackard also admitted to using stolen identities to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from retailers in Walnut Creek, Redding and Chico, including $9,000 worth of merchandise from a high-end clothing retailer, $67,000 worth of merchandise from a big-box hardware store and $9,000 worth of merchandise. of a tractor supply retailer.

Blackard’s crimes of fraud and theft totaled $250,000 in losses and continued even after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his home in July 2020 and persisted until the law enforcement arrest him in February 2021, prosecutors said.

In addition to imposing a 66-month prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney sentenced Blackard to three years probation and ordered him to pay $134,908.32 in restitution to his victims.

Blackard was in custody during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday and immediately began serving his sentence.

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