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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

McKees Rocks Man Sentenced for Fraud Scheme

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been sentenced in federal court to imprisoned for a total term of one day, three years supervised release and restitution in the amount of $63,752.73 on his conviction of access device fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Joseph E. Placzek, 25 of McKees Rocks, PA.

According to the information presented to the court, Placzek opened credit cards in the name of another person at Capital One bank, which he used to purchase cruise vacations at Carnival Cruise, as well as merchandise at Amazon.com and Home Depot, among other retailers.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF), conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of this defendant. 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.

Updated December 19, 2016