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New York Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme that Used False ID Cards to Negotiate Fake Checks at East Coast Casinos

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of New York has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of identity theft, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Anthony L. Powell, 35, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between January 2015 and June 2015, Powell used false identification cards to negotiate counterfeit checks totaling approximately $24,000 at casinos along the East Coast of the United States, including the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Judge Fischer scheduled the sentencing for June 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anthony Powell.

Updated February 26, 2020

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