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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bronx, New York Man Charged In Identity Theft Scheme

PHILADELPHIA - Edward Terrell Providence, 51, of the Bronx, New York, was charged by Indictment, unsealed today, with one count of bank fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  Providence was arrested this morning.

According to the indictment, Providence posed as legitimate PNC Bank account holders to obtain ATM cards for their accounts. Other co-schemers then used the cards to withdraw more than $388,000 by purchasing goods at various merchants and withdrawing cash from ATM machines.

If convicted, Providence faces a mandatory term of two years in prison with a maximum possible sentence of 42 years, up to five years of supervised release, a possible fine, and a $700 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.


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

Financial Fraud
Updated May 18, 2016