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While Collar, Bank Fraud, and Identity Theft Charges in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Identity theft, particularly when it happens electronically, can result in many white-collar criminal charges related to fraud and theft. WHTM recently reported a story about two Dauphin County men charged in a bank fraud operation involving impersonating bank employees. The two men face charges for corrupt organizations, identity theft, bank consumer impersonation, access device fraud, computer trespass, and related offenses. If you've been accused or charged with a similar crime, call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 or contact them online to schedule a consultation.

According to Attorney General Michelle Henry, the two men allegedly impersonated bank employees and customers, resulting in the theft of more than $2 million. The men targeted consumers and banks in several Pennsylvania counties, and police found numerous fraudulent bank transactions. According to the attorney general, the men withdrew the money to hide the transactions and used it to purchase gift cards for subsequent purchases. Police seized several mobile devices and found evidence of hundreds of fraudulent transactions and communications about the scheme.

Attorney General Henry stated, “This was an elaborate scheme that involved impersonation of both bank employees and consumers to obtain personal information that enabled the defendants to steal millions of dollars. I commend everyone involved in the still-ongoing investigation, which began many months ago and included meticulous analysis of bank records and transactions. My office is committed to holding fully accountable everyone involved in this far-reaching scheme.” One of the suspects was arraigned and bail set at $10,000, while the other was held without bail.

Access Device Fraud

In Pennsylvania, access device fraud involves using, possessing, or distributing a device to obtain property or services, knowing it's counterfeit, altered, incomplete, no longer authorized, or revoked. Access device fraud can range from a third to a first-degree felony, depending on the total dollar value involved. You could face anywhere from three-and-a-half to 20 years in prison.

Identity Theft

If you use or obtain someone else's personal information and use it for an illegal purpose, that is identity theft in Pennsylvania. Each time you use the information, it's also a separate offense, meaning you can rack up multiple criminal charges. Identity theft can range from a first-degree misdemeanor to a second-degree misdemeanor, depending on the total value involved. A conviction could result in anywhere from up to one year in jail to ten years in prison.

Computer Trespass

Computer trespass involves using a computer without permission or authority to remove, alter, or erase computer data, programs, or software; cause a computer to malfunction; or cause “physical injury to the property of another.” Computer trespass is a third-degree felony. If convicted, you could face three-and-a-half to seven years in prison.

You Need an Experienced Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you're facing bank fraud, identity theft, or computer fraud charges, it's a serious matter. A conviction can result in a felony charge on your record and years in prison. You need a skilled Pennsylvania lawyer to protect your rights in the criminal justice system. The experienced Criminal Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm can help. Call them at 888-535-3686 or contact them online to schedule a consultation.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!

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