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Former Bank Rep Admits Stealing Account Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012

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

Sonya Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Donetta Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in and around May, 2011, Smith, a customer service representative for PNC Bank, provided customer account information to another person which was used to open fraudulent credit accounts.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for Jan. 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 5 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.

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 prosecution in this case. The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) was established in February 1995 as a collaborative, multiagency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort is 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 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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