Feds Charge 16 in Pennsylvania Identity Theft Scheme

April 25, 2011

Federal authorities say they’ve broken up an identity theft ring involving two bank tellers and an insurance company employee.

Justice Department officials tell WPVI-TV that 16 people face charges in the operation that targeted at least a hundred people over a three-year period.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Costello tells the station that the Citizens Bank tellers and insurance employee sold personal information to 44-year-old Anthony Williams, who obtained credit cards or got checks issued to him at a new address.

Prosecutors say the suspects then hit high-end stores and casinos.

Investigators are still rounding up defendants but WPVI reports Williams is in custody on fraud charges in New Jersey. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

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