SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton information technology technician was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for illegally accessing computer files for the personal information of more than 1,450 people.
Prosecutors charged 39-year-old Michael Garcia with using that information to make counterfeit driver's licenses to open bank accounts, obtain loans, and make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals.
Garcia was employed by a company that provided IT services to a law firm and an accountant firm. The victims were clients and employees of the two companies.
According to federal court records, when arrested, Garcia had fake California licenses in his possession, one of which had his photo but with the name of a victim.
Garcia was found guilty of fraud.
Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Easter District of California, said the victims incurred losses of more than $136,000.