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Former Bank Employee Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Stealing Customer's Account Information

September 11, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of McKees Rocks, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to probation for a term of three years with six months home detention to include electronic monitoring on her conviction of identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Sonya Smith, 26.

According to the information presented to the court, Smith, a former customer service representative for PNC Bank, provided PNC customer account information to another person which was later used to open fraudulent credit accounts.

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

The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution in this case. The 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 City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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