East Bay Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating Mailman to Steal Identities
A Concord man was just slammed with five and a half years in federal prison for impersonating a mailman to steal people’s identities. Jason Blackard pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of unauthorized devices, and attempted mail theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California says.
Blackard admitted to a series of criminal acts between January 2019 and February 2021, and was finally caught after surveillance cameras witnessed him approaching a relay box at Sacramento and Powell streets in San Francisco that had been targeted repeatedly for thefts. In the video, he’s wearing a United States Postal Service uniform, including the agency’s signature blue hat and jacket. He uses a USPS key to open the box, but the Justice Department has not said how he obtained the key.