Pennsylvania couple sentenced in bank fraud and ID theft case

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a husband and wife who used fraudulent identities to obtain credit cards were sentenced in federal court today by Senior United States District Court Judge William J. Nealon.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Ruth Singh, age 31, and Kuldeep Singh, age 36, both of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, were indicted on September 29, 2009 on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. The investigation revealed that the Singh’s used authentic social security numbers and false identifiers (name, date of birth, employment, income) to obtain credit cards from financial institutions and credit card companies. Both later pled guilty.

Today, Judge Nealon sentenced Ruth Singh to probation and Kuldeep Singh to a 33-month term of imprisonment. Both were ordered to pay $565,972 in restitution to 10 corporate victims. Additionally, as part of their plea, both have agreed to forfeit nine properties in Schuylkill County, a 2003 Mercedes Benz, a 2000 Toyota Tundra, contents of their bank account, approximately $800 in cash seized and numerous miscellaneous electronic items and household goods purchased with fraudulent credit cards.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Pennsylvania State Police and the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Barbara Kosik Whitaker and Amy Phillips.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

And no, I have no idea how/where they obtained the Social Security Numbers.

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