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York City man charged with using skimming device to commit bank fraud and identity theft

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HARRISBURG, PA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that yesterday a federal Grand Jury in Harrisburg charged a York City resident with bank fraud and identity theft.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith , the indictment charges that between November 1 and November 7, 2014, Jeshua Paonessa-Velez,24, devised a scheme to obtain money from Adams County National Bank by placing a “skimming” device on one of the bank’s ATMs, capturing identification information of bank customers using that ATM, loading that information onto access devices, and making purchases with those access devices.

The Adams County National Bank and the retail establishments where Paonessa-Velez allegedly made the purchases using the stolen identities cooperated in the investigation. The bank reimbursed all of the affected customers for the losses to their accounts.

This matter was investigated by the Harrisburg Resident Office of the United States Secret Service and the Southwestern Regional (York County) Police Department.


If found guilty Paonessa- Velez faces a maximum  penalty under federal law for the bank fraud offense is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. The penalty for aggravated identity theft is 2 years of imprisonment consecutive to any sentence imposed for the underlying bank fraud offense.