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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Philadelphia Man Charged With Wire Fraud

PHILADELPHIA – Kenneth W. Lewis 41, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by Grand Jury Indictment with five counts of wire fraud announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. The indictment alleges the defendant committed wire fraud by applying for credit cards using information for several non-profit organizations and an individual and used the cards to purchase gold coins, precious metals, and diamond earrings. 


If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment for each count of conviction for wire fraud. A conviction for aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory 2-year sentence, 1 year supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 statutory assessment per count. 


The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiwana Wright.


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


Updated January 25, 2018