16 charged in Philadelphia identity theft scheme

    The U.S. Justice Department has broken up a Philadelphia-based identity theft ring that victimized hundreds over three years.

    The ring was led by 44-year-old Anthony Williams, who’s currently in an Atlantic City jail for running a similar scheme in casinos.

     

    Williams and 15 others are charged. They had help from employees at Citizens Bank and Penn Mutual who sold customer information to Williams, who then created accounts and set up credit cards in other people’s names.

    Shopping sprees at King of Prussia Mall resulted in four- and five-figure charges to victims’ accounts, according to Action News’ exclusive report.

    The bank employees have been fired.

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