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North Side Man Charged With Conspiracy And Identity Theft

October 26 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on Oct. 25, named Joseph Dees, a/k/a Joseph Lee, a/k/a Jay Dees, 51, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Dees conspired with other persons to obtain unauthorized credit card account information to purchase merchandise in stores in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, in addition to a mandatory minimum sentence of 24 months incarceration, and a fine of $250,000.  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.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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