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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

North Hills Woman Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County has been sentenced in federal court to 13 months imprisonment, restitution in the amount of $148,341.59 and five years supervised release on her conviction of bank fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Tara Lynn Petrucci, 36, of Gibsonia, PA.

According to the information presented to the court, Petrucci, a former branch manager at the Citizens Bank in Bellevue, Pa., unlawfully obtained Citizens Bank debit cards which were inadvertently left by customers who used the ATM, and then used the customer debit cards to make unauthorized purchases of merchandise at retailers such as the Walmart store in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and at other retailers.  Petrucci also forged withdrawal slips of account holders to obtain cash.

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

The Acting United States Attorney commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for the successful investigation leading to the prosecution of Tara Lynn Petrucci.

Updated December 23, 2016