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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Philadelphia Man Charged With Assaulting Federal Officers

John L. Williams, 61, of New York, NY, was charged today by information with one count of conspiracy and one count of bank fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  The information alleges that from August 2013 to February 2014, Williams used fraudulent identification cards, including driver’s licenses, containing stolen personal information of account holders at Wells Fargo Bank to impersonate the account holders and withdraw money from the accounts.  Williams and his co-conspirators stole at least $83,000 using forged withdrawal slips.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 35 years of imprisonment, five of supervised release, a $1,250,000 fine, and a special assessment of $200.

The case was investigated by the Secret Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid.

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

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Updated December 15, 2014