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Three Pittsburgh Area Residents Charged With Bank Fraud

November 29, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Three residents of the Pittsburgh area have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bank fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The eight‑count indictment, returned on Nov. 9, 2010, and unsealed on Nov. 23, 2010, named Marco Dane Crowe, 22, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Deja Scott, 21, of Munhall, Pa.; and Douglas McArthur, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to the indictment, the defendants unlawfully used customer account information to conduct unauthorized transactions against account holders at Citizens National Bank. Deja Scott was a customer service representative who provided customer account information to Crowe.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both, for each count.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service along with agents from the United States Secret Service who as part of the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the Indictment in this case. The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) was established in February 1995 as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania.  Partnering in this effort are the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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