Federal grand jury indicts 10 in PA ID theft case

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2012 12:31 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A federal grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted 10 people in connection with an alleged ring that steals identities and checkbooks from unattended cars.

The defendants, who are from Florida and Texas, are charged with stealing the ID cards and checkbooks of more than 100 people from cars parked at Pennsylvania parks and recreation areas between August and October.

Federal prosecutors say they are members of the so-called "felony lane gang" that allegedly travels around the country writing stolen checks and using stolen ID cards to cash them in the drive-thru lanes of banks.

The U.S. attorney's office says the defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. They face a maximum prison term of 30 years.

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