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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Philadelphia Man Allegedly Accessed A University Employee's Bank Account To Pay His Own Tuition

Jorry Senestant, 22, of Philadelphia, was charged today by Information1 with unauthorized access to a computer in furtherance of committing wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The Information alleges that on approximately November 23, 2013, Senestant made an unauthorized access into the computer file with the employee account of an employee of a local university. In doing so, Senestant took the employee’s bank account number and bank routing number. Senestant then later used that stolen bank information to cause an electronic transfer of $13,000 from the employee’s bank account to Senestant’s account at the university for the purpose of paying Senestant’s tuition at the university for the next term. This all occurred without the knowledge or permission of the university or the university employee.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, restitution, and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the university cooperated in the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Albert S. Glenn.

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Updated December 15, 2014