Crime

Dinuba man convicted of identity and mail theft

A Dinuba man was found guilty in federal court last week of bank fraud, identity theft and possession of stolen mail, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Shannon Lester Sorrells, 37, was indicted in July 2014 and charged with stealing mail from neighborhood mailboxes.

While awaiting trial, Sorrells was arrested again and charged with bank fraud, possession of stolen mail, and aggravated identity theft.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sorrells passed altered and forged checks, some using his own identity, at federal banks in the Central Valley. In February 2015, while Sorrells was on pretrial release, federal agents searched his home and found stolen mail, counterfeit checks and information on an account he had opened using the identity of a victim.

Sorrells is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill. Sorrells faces up to 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05

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