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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pittsburgh Felon Sentenced for Identity Theft Scheme Using Counterfeit Credit and Debit Cards

PITTSBURGH, PA- A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months’ imprisonment and two years’ supervised release on his conviction of aggravated identity theft and use of counterfeit access devices, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Cheron Tucker, 23, formerly of Pittsburgh.

According to information presented to the court, on December 31, 2018, Tucker rented six rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn at 250 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh using a counterfeit debit card and a counterfeit New Jersey driver’s license, with a photograph of the defendant and the name and date of birth of another individual. The charge for the hotel rental was $2,435.40. Additionally, on March 17, 2019, the defendant rented a Lincoln Continental with a counterfeit credit card and New Jersey driver’s license in the same name. The rental agreement charge was $785.56. The court was further informed that Tucker also accepted responsibility for five counts of charges related to identity theft, and that the defendant is accountable for a loss of at least $15,000. Tucker has a lengthy criminal history that includes violent conduct, narcotics and firearms offenses, theft, resisting arrest, fleeing from police, and possessing firearms while on probation.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicole Vasquez Schmitt prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Tucker.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Updated July 21, 2020