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Former Customer Service Rep Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Amber Jackson-Dent, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Jackson-Dent, a former PNC customer service representative, used account information from several PNC customers to open new credit card accounts, which she used to make point of sale transactions.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for Feb. 17, 2012.  The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The United States Postal Inspection Service and United States Secret Service, along with the Financial Crimes Task Force of Western Pennsylvania, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jackson-Dent.

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