York City man federally charged with bank fraud

Sean Philip Cotter

A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged a York City man with using a "skimming" device to steal the card information from a dozen people who used an ATM in Spring Grove, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

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Jeshua Paonessa-Velez, 24, is charged with bank fraud and 12 counts of aggravated identity theft; he's not currently in custody, according to the news release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Paonessa-Velez put a skimming device on an ATM at the Adams County National Bank branch at 221 N Main St. in Spring Grove. Between around Oct. 28 and Nov. 7, he allegedly stole information from the cards of 12 people who used the ATM, and then he used that information to buy things for himself.

The bank reimbursed all the customers for the stolen funds, according to the news release. U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Dawn Mayko declined to release the amount of money Paonessa-Velez is accused of stealing.

Southwestern Regional Police Department and the Harrisburg Resident Office of the United States Secret Service investigated the case.

If convicted, Paonessa-Velez could face as much as 30 years behind bars for bank fraud, with an additional two years for each of the identity theft counts, according to the release.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.