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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Shillington Man Charged With Aggravated Identity Theft

Mark Vega, 34, of Shillington, Pennsylvania was charged today by Indictment1 with Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the indictment, Vega obtained stolen identities and used the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of these victims to apply for credit cards with Discover Financial Services and American Express Company.  According to the indictment, Vega also had himself added as an authorized user on these credit card accounts.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 84 years in prison, with a two year mandatory minimum, a $1,500,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $600 special assesment

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Cumru Township Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Ignall.

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

Updated December 15, 2016