McMURRAY – A Florida man was arrested Monday in Peters Township as a suspect in a fraud ring that has allegedly stolen more than $500,000 from Citizens Bank.
Peters police, working with postal inspectors, arrested Cassio Orville Slowden, 27, of Pembroke Pines, about 2 p.m. after officers accused him of stealing mail containing a banking card and personal identification number of a bank customer on Will Scarlett Drive, court records show.
Slowden is charged by township police with felony counts of identity theft and conspiring to commit identity theft with the ring that has been accused of stealing more that $545,000 from the bank since January 2018, the affidavit states.
Police said the ring has been operating in the northeastern United States using its members to place calls to the bank’s customer service department and impersonate its customers.
The callers request new banking cards and PINs be mailed to them at their home addresses. They also sign up for notifications as to when the cards will be delivered in order to steal them from mailboxes, court records show.
The affidavit did not reveal how the ring obtains the personal information needed to order new banking cards.
To date, there have been 104 victims targeted by this ring, which mostly has operated in the Pittsburgh and Massachusetts and Rhode Island border areas.
There were three other addresses in Peters that were part of this investigation, police stated in the affidavit.
Investigators believed a second suspect was occupying a room at the time with Slowden at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.
District Judge Mark Wilson set Slowden’s bond at $25,000.
Slowden also is being held on a federal detainer in the case.