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Man steals hundreds of bank cards from mail facility in Berks County, feds say

Published On: Mar 20 2014 04:05:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2014 10:18:30 PM CDT

John Smith facing bank fraud and identity theft charges

PHILADELPHIA -

A man who once worked at a mail distribution facility in Berks County is facing decades behind bars for allegedly stealing and selling hundreds of bank cards.

John Smith was charged Thursday with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, said United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Smith stole hundreds of Bank of America bank cards and sold them to other people, knowing the stolen cards would be used to make fraudulent purchases, Memeger said.

The alleged thefts happened between January 2011 and January 2013 while Smith worked at the Pitney-Bowes mail distribution center on the Pottsville Pike in Muhlenberg Township.

Bank of America would send new and replacement bank cards from Delaware to the Pitney-Bowes facility so that the cards could be mailed to the bank's account holders whose names appeared on the cards, officials said.

Smith, on a regular basis, would take at least five envelopes containing the bank cards and hide them on his person or somewhere else within the facility for later retrieval, according to court documents.

Smith would then sell the stolen cards to a co-conspirator for approximately $100 each, said officials, who did not identify the co-conspirator.

If convicted, Smith, 45, of Belcamp, Md., faces up to 32 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $1.25 million.