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California woman going to prison for defrauding Cedar Rapids banks


A California woman will spend two years in federal prison for defrauding Cedar Rapids banks.

According to court documents, Jennifer Patricia Gresham, 42, from Woodland, California, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to using a stolen identity to defraud several Cedar Rapids banks.  She was convicted of one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

In her June plea agreement, Gresham admitted to stealing another California woman's credit card and driver's license and using them to get or attempt to get money from banks in and around Cedar Rapids.

Gresham said she would go into banks and ask for a cash advance on the credit card.  When the credit card was declined, she would call a co-conspirator who would pose as a credit card employee and approve the transaction.

Gresham was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to make $42,633.21 in restitution to the banks.  She was also sentenced to five years of supervised release after the prison term.

This two year prison will be served consecutive to the 21 months she has served for related conduct in Montana and Pennsylvania.

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