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Ambridge Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Stolen Credit Card Information Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2013

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Beaver County has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months incarceration on his conviction of conspiring to use stolen credit card account numbers, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Calvin Smith, 43, of Ambridge, Pa.

According to the information presented to the court, Smith conspired with others to steal identities and account information belonging to American Express and Discover Card account holders to purchase merchandise at retail stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio between December 2010, and June 2011. Losses from the fraud total approximately $249,000.

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

Officers from the United States Postal Inspection Service and United States Secret Service, along with agents from the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) conducted this investigation. 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 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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