PITTSBURGH - A Washington County man has been sentenced in federal court to 21 months imprisonment on his conviction of conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Jerome C. Pryor, Jr., 27, of Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
According to information provided to the court, Pryor conspired with others to use unauthorized credit cards to purchase gift cards and merchandise at stores in Western Pennsylvania. At sentencing, Judge Diamond emphasized the seriousness of identity theft crimes, and the impact upon victimized accoutholders.
Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) for conducting the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Pryor. The WPFCTF was established as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort are the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.