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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alleged Thief Charged

Kyle Jones, 25, in federal custody in Philadelphia was charged today by Information with conspiracy, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  Jones was allegedly part of an illegal check cashing ring which stole identifications and checks from purses and wallets left in parked cars, often outside of gyms, parks, or athletic fields.  According to the information, the thieves then impersonated the victims and cashed stolen fraudulent checks at banks using the drive-through teller lane and presented stolen identification.  The ring stole more than $120,000. 

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 37 years of in prison, five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $1.5 million, and a $300 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid.

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014