WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD: A Gustine woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to felony bank fraud and identity theft charges. The woman, Idalina Maria Toste, 39, was accused of using stolen Social Security numbers from several victims to open bank and credit union accounts. She deposited forged and fictitious checks, payable to herself and her alternate identities, to steal federally insured bank and credit union money, authorities said. The thefts happened in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Social Security Administration, the Merced County Sheriff's Department and the Gustine Police Department. Toste faces a two-year mandatory sentence for aggravated identity theft and could face as many as 30 years in prison for bank fraud and as many as five years for Social Security fraud. In addition, she could be sentenced to pay a fine of as much as $1 million and to make restitution. Investigators said she was on parole when the crimes were committed.