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North Side Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Pittsburgh-area Banks

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

PITTSBURGH – A local resident has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months incarceration and three years supervised release on his conviction of charge of bank fraud conspiracy, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence yesterday on Darein Clark, 24 of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to information presented to the court, Clark and others agreed to defraud Pittsburgh area banks by depositing counterfeit checks by remote mobile deposit, and then making ATM withdrawals or point of sale charges against funds credited from the deposited counterfeit checks.

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 is 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 October 18, 2017