Two York City men indicted on bank fraud charges

Christopher Dornblaser

Two York City men were indicted by a federal grand jury last week, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jeshua Paonessa-Velez, 25, and Luis E. Arochom, 39, were indicted Jan. 18 by a federal grand jury on a second superseding indictment, charging the two of them with bank fraud and identity theft, the release states.

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 Oct. 28, 2014, and Nov. 7, 2014, 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.

Last week, Paonessa-Velez was indicted again.

Charges: The latest charges add more instances of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft discovered by investigators, according to the release. The investigation also added an additional participant, Arochom, the release states.

The new charges allege fraudulent activity at Santander banks in Spring Grove and York as well as banks in Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Linglestown and Lebanon, according to the release.

The first indictment, from May 2015, charged Paonessa-Velez and Arturo Meireles-Candel, 34, of York City, with working together to devise a scheme to obtain money from Adams County National Bank and Jersey Shore State Bank, according to the release. The indictment charged the two with 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

York City man federally charged with bank fraud

Meireles-Candel pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for no new charges against him, the release said.

The Adams County National Bank and the retailers where the defendants had allegedly made purchases using stolen identities cooperated with the investigation, and the bank reimbursed all of the affected customers for the money lost, the release states.

Arochom was ordered to be detained after his arrest. The arraignment for Paonessa-Velez is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 31.

The maximum penalty Paonessa-Velez could face is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine, according to the release.

Southwestern Regional Police, as well as state police, assisted in the investigation, along with other out-of-county police departments.

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