As technology continues to advance, so do the ways in which illegal acts can be conducted. There are a wide range of tech tools that can assist criminals in committing crimes, and these tools seem to improve faster than the tools used to thwart criminal activities. When Pennsylvania law enforcement becomes aware of such efforts, the result can be serious federal fraud charges.
An example is found in the recent arrest of a man accused of identity theft and bank fraud. Authorities assert that the man used a "skimming" device placed on an ATM to capture identifying information of customers who used the machine. That information was then allegedly placed on access devices, which were later used to make fraudulent purchases.
The 24-year-old man is accused of conducting these activities in November. The bank that owns the ATM was able to reimburse all consumers who had their account information stolen. The retail stores where the information was allegedly used to make purchases cooperated with the investigation.
There is no word on how the man will respond to the serious federal fraud and identity theft charges. However, if a conviction results from a trial in federal court in Pennsylvania, he could face up to 30 years in prison, among other repercussions. As he considers his options, those risks are likely at the forefront of his mind. His legal team will conduct a thorough review of all evidence in the case before making a decision on how to proceed, which could include seeking a plea agreement.
Source: fox43.com, "York City man charged with using skimming device to commit bank fraud and identity theft", Taniel Orr, Dec. 17, 2015