OAKLAND — A former Antioch policeman and his wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges related to a national wire fraud scheme involving at least 11 co-conspirators, U.S. Attorneys announced Thursday.
Former Antioch police officer Gary Bostick and his wife, Ana Bostick, face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, but are not scheduled to be sentenced until September and November, respectively, prosecutors said. They remain out of custody.
They were indicted in 2015, along with nine others, on charges that they filed false income tax returns using the names of dead people. In return for the guilty pleas, identity theft charges against the couple were dismissed.
Gary Bostick’s employment as an Antioch officer ended in April 2015, just days after he and other co-conspirators travelled to Southern California and then to Kentucky to obtain fraudulent U.S. Treasury checks. Federal investigators surveilled Bostick and others on the trip, and arrested him a month later.
Evidence against the pair included text messages Gary Bostick sent to his wife during the trip, telling her they’d obtained the checks. She replied, “Whoo to the mother (expletive) hoo,” according to court records.
The man believed to have led the ring, Richmond resident Hugh Robinson, took his case to trial and was convicted of multiple felony counts last year. In February, a judge sentenced him to 12 years in federal prison.
The conspiracy involved $720,530.40 in stolen U.S. Treasury checks, according to federal prosecutors.