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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Altoona Woman Charged with Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Altoona, Pa. was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of access device fraud and identify theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The indictment named Paula Moore, 63, of Altoona, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from on or about Sept. 7, 2012, to on or about July 16, 2014, Moore knowingly, with intent to defraud, used unauthorized devices, namely credit cards, to obtain various household and electronic items, aggregating more than $1,000, and on Sept. 7, 2012, Moore knowingly used the identification of another person to access credit card information.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 122 years in prison, a fine of $3,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

Identity Theft
Updated October 18, 2016