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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Friday, March 21, 2014

Drexel Man Charged In Identity Theft Ring

Benjamin Easley, 36, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania was charged yesterday by Indictment   with three counts of bank fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The indictment alleges that Easley oversaw three separate bank fraud schemes in which he recruited people to pose as true account holders to access their accounts, drove them around to the banks, and gave them false identity documents to use to access the accounts. The indictment alleges that Easley and his co-schemers made off with approximately $232,570 from the banks in question. 

Easley faces a maximum sentence of 96 years’ imprisonment, including a two year mandatory term of imprisonment, a five year period of supervised release, a $3,750,000 fine, and a $600 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.

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

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Updated December 15, 2014