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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 12, 2019

Delaware County Attorney Indicted For Bank Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Dory L. Sater, age 44, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, was indicted on April 2, 2019, by a federal grand jury for attempted bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. The indictment was unsealed today following Sater’s arrest and initial appearance.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that from August 3, 2017 and continuing to on or about March 21, 2018, in Luzerne County, Sater executed a scheme to defraud Fidelity Bank by filing a fraudulent satisfaction piece for a $50,000 mortgage.  The indictment also alleges that in doing so, Sater used another person’s means of identification.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the most serious offense is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory, consecutive two-year term of imprisonment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated April 16, 2019