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Man gets 3-6 months for defrauding PSECU

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A Harrisburg man will spend three to six months in Dauphin County Prison for defrauding the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union out of more than $24,000.

Masharad T. Carter, 24, received the sentence Friday after pleading guilty of 51 felony charges, including 14 counts of theft by deception, 14 counts of access device fraud, 15 counts of forgery, seven counts of conspiracy to commit theft, and one count of theft by receiving stolen property.

Between December 2012 and November 2013, Carter advertised on the social networking site Instagram that he could get PSECU account holders "free money" if they provided their ATM card and pin numbers, according to a news release from the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office.

During at least 181 separate transactions, Carter deposited stolen or closed account checks into the PSECU accounts, then immediately withdrew large sums money, the news release stated.

Each account holder would receive several hundred dollars from Carter, who would keep the rest for himself, and would then file a false report with police that their ATM cards had been stolen, lost or misplaced, authorities said.

Seven of the account holders were charged last week with crimes ranging from false reports to theft and conspiracy.

Authorities said their investigation into other possible suspects remains open.


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