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  • WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (10/30/13)--A man faces up to 60 years in prison and fines of $750,000 after pleading guilty to robbing three financial institutions, including Choice One Community FCU, Hazleton, Pa. Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo accepted the guilty pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Monday. The robberies occurred over nine days in April 2012. Shawn Luther Kelly allegedly robbed PNC Bank in Hazle Township of $3,980 on April 16, 2012. He was accused of robbing Choice One FCU in Wilkes-Barre of $1,140 on April 20, 2012. Kelly was arrested shortly after a robbery of Citizens Bank in Hazleton of $1,420 on April 24 (The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Oct. 21). Authorities used a combination of apprehension tools and strategies to capture Kelly, including a tracking device inserted into one of the money bags, surveillance footage and cellphone tracking ...
  • PHILADELPHIA (10/30/13)--A Williamstown, N.J., woman Friday was sentenced to nine years in prison for an identity theft, loan, and tax fraud scheme involving more than $1.6 million at five financial institutions, including four credit unions. Katrina Taniesha Waters, 33, pleaded guilty to 83 counts, including bank fraud, false statements on loan applications, filing false tax returns, and false statements to a government agency. She allegedly applied for fraudulent personal loans, credit accounts, and automobile draft loans using falsified identification, employment, income and tax information, and false sales and vehicle documents, including fraudulent vehicle identification numbers. Waters was accused of applying for loans at Police & Fire FCU, Philadelphia; Navy FCU, Vienna, Va.; Philadelphia (Pa.) FCU; American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia; Freedom FCU, Warminster, Pa.; and Susquehanna Bank, Lititz, Pa., according to a press release from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ...


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