Talladega man indicted for bank fraud, identity theft

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a Talladega man for stealing other people's bank cards to withdraw money from their accounts.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement to FOX6 News, said Bittrell Rashaun Scott, 29, was charged with four counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Vance said Scott, in April 2008, unlawfully obtained two different Wachovia Bank ATM cards and used them to withdraw more than $6,000 from accounts of Wachovia Bank customers.

"Identity theft crimes hurt the individual victims and the institutions where the culprits use the stolen identities," Vance said. "We will prosecute the perpetrators of fraud to help honest Americans protect what they have worked hard to obtain."

Vance said Scott, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each bank fraud charge, and could face an additional, mandatory two-year prison term for each count of aggravated identity theft.

Vance said this prosecution is part of President Barack Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Vance said President Obama established the inter-agency task force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  

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