Jessica Robertson, 30, was arrested in February by the Northern Nevada Identity Theft Task Force, which has been investigating a series of crimes dealing with check and credit card fraud. Detectives had information that Robertson was involved in mail theft that led to her forging the stolen checks and cashing them. Credit cards and credit card applications were also stolen and accounts were opened without the victim’s knowledge, police said.
Detectives began a surveillance on Robertson. Police said they saw Robertson conducting four separate fraudulent transactions at local businesses using fraudulent identification. Robertson was stopped and detained by detectives after completing the last transaction.
Authorities then searched Robertson’s apartment in the 400 block of Capital Hill. Inside of the apartment was an active financial forgery laboratory.
Robertson subsequently pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing a financial forgery laboratory, burglary and identity theft.
Judge Jerome Polaha sentenced Robertson to a minimum of 36 months and a maximum of 144 months in the Nevada State Prison for possessing a financial forgery laboratory. Robertson was also sentenced to 16 months to 72 months for burglary and 24 months to 60 months for identity theft. These sentences will run concurrently.