2009-10-29 / Features

Feds Say Pa. Fraud Suspect Charmed Bank Tellers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Federal investigators say a Philadelphia man charmed female bank tellers into slipping him customer account information that was used to steal about $1 million from 2005 to 2008.

Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Bell is charged with fraud and identity theft. U.S. Attorney Michael Levy says Bell was the ringleader of an identity theft ring that involved two dozen people.

Levy claims Bell had romantic relationships with “many’’ female tellers who provided Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers and account data used to generate bogus checks and fake identification.

Dozens of accounts at eight banks were compromised. Levy said affected customers have been reimbursed.

Bell’s attorney said Wednesday that his client maintains his innocence.

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