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New York Man Guilty Of Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Enrique Reyes, age 20, of Bronx, New York pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft on September 8, 2020 before United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, on January 4, 2020, in the borough of Steelton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Reyes along with Josue Peguero, age 21, of Bronx, New York and Marlon Valoy De La Rosa, age 21, of Bronx, New York tampered with a U.S. Mail collection box using a rope with an object attached to it to “fish” into the mailbox’s opening.  Reyes, De La Rosa, and Peguero also made several fraudulent ATM transactions using stolen checks and debit cards in other persons’ names that were obtained elsewhere. De La Rosa and Peguero were previously charged separately and are awaiting trial.

At the time of their arrest, Reyes, De La Rosa, and Peguero also were allegedly in possession of several debit cards in different names, a stolen license plate that is believed to have been used for mail fishing, and what appeared to be a “washed” check—a check from which the writing had been visibly removed.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Steelton Borough Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ravi Romel Sharma is prosecuting the case.

Informations 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.

Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence. The charge may also carry a fine of up to $250,000 and a one-year term of supervised release following 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.

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Updated September 11, 2020