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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To 8 Counts Of Bank Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 12, 2011, to eight counts of bank fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Marco Dane Crowe, 22, pleaded guilty before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Crowe defrauded Citizens Bank out of money by negotiating forged checks; making unauthorized wire transfers of money; and by impersonating account holders to gain unauthorized access to customer's accounts.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for May12, 2011.  The law provides for a total sentence of 240 years in prison, a fine of $8,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses  and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court revoked Crowe's bond and detained him.

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 (WPTCTF)was established in February1995 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.

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