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First Capital FCU stops would-be identity theft

Updated: Wednesday, January 15 2014, 05:40 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

YORK -- First Capital Federal Credit Union is being lauded for thwarting a would-be identity thief.

On Friday, Jan. 10, a man came into First Capital Federal Credit Union asking to become a member and apply for a loan.

He claimed to live in Ohio, but work locally. During the interview process, he could not tell the credit union the name of the friend who referred him. He also could not answer why he had certain items on his credit report, and the pay stub he produced had inconsistencies. All of this raised red flags for the Member Service Officer who was working with the man.

After he left, First Capital FCU contacted Springettsbury Township police and told them about the situation. They then set up a sting operation with the police over a two-day period. The man came into the Credit Union on Tuesday to sign his paperwork, and police were waiting. Once signed, the police placed him into custody.  

At this time, Springettsbury Township police have charged the man with criminal identity theft, forgery, among other charges. He is in prison on $250,000 bail.  

“Coming on the heels of the Target breach, it’s great to know how a local financial institution and the police are taking steps to stop these identity thieves,” said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing.

“I’m so proud of our team for not just denying the man membership and allowing him to walk away and potentially hit another financial institution, but to actually stop him from targeting another institution and victim.”
First Capital FCU stops would-be identity theft

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