Pennsylvania authorities have arrested and charged a man they claim is
responsible for stealing thousands of dollars from banks across the state.
He is accused of forging credit cards as part of his alleged
theft crimes. At last report, he was awaiting further court proceedings while
remaining in police custody.
The man, 34, has been implicated in arranging a state-wide theft ring with
the supposed assistance of two women -- only one of whom has been located
and charged. The authorities say he produced counterfeit bank cards that
were then used to make cash withdrawals from banks in various locations
throughout the state. He faces 51 counts of fraud and related charges
in connection with the so called scheme.
The prosecutor claimed that withdrawals in the amounts of $1,000 up to
$1,500 were carried out at financial institutions in at least three Pennsylvania
towns. Altogether, the alleged thefts are estimated to total thousands
of dollars worth of losses. In addition, the three have been accused of
obtaining rental cars and motel rooms by using the phony cards.
Officials claim that three people were engaged in a conspiracy to commit
coordinated crimes throughout the state. However, in order to gain a conviction,
Pennsylvania prosecutors must prove every element of the crimes charged
beyond reasonable doubt. The man is also accused of access device fraud,
meaning that he used ATM machines for illegal purposes. With the assistance
of his defense counsel, he may confront his accusers in court to challenge
their testimony and fighting against these theft and related charges.
Source: philly.com, "Havertown man accused of running statewide counterfeit credit card ring", Emily Babay, Oct. 24, 2014