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Pittsburgh Resident Charged With Conspiracy, Bank Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been charged in a superseding indictment  by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three‑count superseding indictment, returned on March 29, 2011, named Douglas McArthur, 39, as the sole defendant.

According to the superseding indictment, the defendant and other individuals unlawfully transferred approximately $154,000 from a customer account at Citizens Bank into another account that the defendant opened.  In addition, McArthur attempted to withdraw approximately $100,000 from the account the following day.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 37 years in prison, a fine of $1,500,000 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 (WPFCTF), conducted the investigation that led to the superseding indictment in this case. The 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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