Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 10 and ½ Years in Prison for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
Steven Ronald Randall, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 126 months incarceration in federal prison following his conviction on 2 counts of bank fraud and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.
As part of his guilty plea and in connection with his sentencing, Randall admitted that he used social media service Facebook to solicit persons to provide him with their bank ATM cards and PIN numbers so that he could deposit bad checks into their accounts and withdraw the funds before the banks and other financial institutions realized that the checks were bad. Randall admitted that he recruited approximately 30 people in this manner, that he went to numerous ATM machines in Philadelphia and the surrounding area to make the deposits and withdrawals, and also that he used the ATM cards and PIN numbers at various stores, including Walmart, CVS, RiteAid, Wawa, 7-Eleven, Pathmark, and Giant, to purchase goods and obtain cash back prior to the banks discovering that the checks were bad.
In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. ordered Randall to pay $51,567 restitution to Citizens Bank and $799 restitution to TD Bank.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.