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Three New York Men Charges in Bank Fraud Scheme

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Three New York residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of conspiracy, identity theft and false statements to a bank, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The three-count indictment named as defendants Anthony T. Sass, 26, of New York, NY; Nathaniel C. Graham, 25, of Bronx, NY; and Jacob Gunther, 41, Brooklyn, NY.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from Mar. 21 to Mar. 28, 2017, Sass, Graham and Gunther conspired to commit bank fraud; on Mar. 22, 2017, Sass and Gunther committed aggravated identity theft; and on Mar. 25, 2017, Sass and Gunther made false statements to a bank in connection with a loan application.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence for each Anthony T. Sass and Jacob Gunther of 62 years in prison, a fine of $2,250,000, or both, and for Nathaniel C. Graham of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Sass, Graham and Gunther.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 5, 2017

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft