Vallejo man, two others, stole $100,000 with solid cash orders

SAN FRANCISCO – A Bay Area woman pleaded guilty to bank fraud this week. Prosecutors describe this as a plan hatched by three people to earn an estimated $ 99,700 from stolen money orders and fake driver’s licenses.

Carolyn Powell pleaded guilty on a court visit Wednesday. Her sentencing date has not been set. Two other people, Bennie Powell Jr. and Jonae Dickson, are still charged with conspiracy and bank fraud.

According to an unsealed criminal complaint last December, Vallejo’s Bennie Powell Jr. led the program that used “no fewer than” 46 stolen and forged money orders from the United States Postal Service. The three allegedly redeemed them on their own behalf, using fake driver’s licenses allegedly obtained from an uninvited co-conspirator.

During a warrant search of Powell’s home in Vallejo, federal authorities allegedly found evidence of personal information of victims of the intentional identity theft, a book called “The New Identity Guide” and a CD with the words “Identity Theif” (sic) in it Felt pen.

The first group-related transactions came in late May 2019, when Powell reportedly used his own driver’s license to cash stolen money orders at a Richmond post office. According to federal prosecutors, he was detained in Vallejo, San Francisco, Benicia and Fairfield while redeeming other illegal money orders.