California man sentenced for Idaho bank fraud, identity theft

Christopher Sheldon Miller, 41, of San Leandro, Calif., must serve three years in federal prison, Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced.

Miller was sentenced Thursday at the federal courthouse in Boise for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identify theft. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Miller to pay more than $70,000 in restitution. Miller pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

According to court proceedings, Miller and co-defendants made and attempted to make numerous fraudulent withdrawls at banks in Ada and Canyon counties in June 2015. The defendant would go into a bank, impersonate an account holder and present a fake California driver’s license and other personal information of the real account holder to obtain a temporary debit card, according to court documents.

Miller and his co-conspirators also made fraudulent purchases at various stores, using the customer account information, according to court documents. Their fraudulent withdrawals and purchases in Idaho totaled more than $35,000, according to a news release. They reportedly made a similar amount through fraud in Colorado during the same time period, the news release continued.

The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Boise Police Department.