SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury today returned a five-count indictment against Ashley Leyba, 32, of Sacramento, charging her with bank fraud, aggravated impersonation and possession of stolen mail, US attorney Phillip A. Talbert said.
According to court documents, Leyba executed a scheme to defraud a financial institution. She obtained identity information, identity documents, cards and checks belonging to other people without their authorization. Leyba obtained at least some of these items through stolen mail. She used stolen ID to cash forged stolen checks to get cash and other valuables from a credit union. On March 22, 2022, Leyba was found in possession of stolen mail.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliot C. Wong is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Leyba faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million for each count of bank fraud, a mandatory two-year sentence for each count of aggravated impersonation and a maximum legal sentence of five years in prison. and a fine of $250,000 for possession of stolen mail. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after considering all applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider a number of variables. Accusations are only allegations; the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty and unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt.