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Thompsontown Woman Charged with Bank Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Sally Arlene Berry, age 56, of Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, was charged Wednesday with one count of bank fraud and two counts of passing counterfeit checks.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Berry allegedly deposited two counterfeit checks totaling almost $75,000 in a newly opened business account of the Always Hope Adult Day Care, LLC and then made withdrawals of over $42,000 before the bank discovered the checks were counterfeit.

     If convicted, Berry faces up to 50 years’ imprisonment and $1,500,000 in fines.

     The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

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