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For Immediate Release:  
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February 9, 2009  

Division of Criminal Justice
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director

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Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Involving Stolen Bank Account Information

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TRENTON – Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced that a Philadelphia man pleaded guilty today to illegally receiving personal information of bank customers in order to steal their identities.

According to Director Gramiccioni, Anthony Wood a.k.a. Anthony M. Bickerstaff, 45, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge James Morley in Burlington County to second-degree computer criminal activity and second-degree identity theft. The charges were contained in a June 13, 2008 state grand jury indictment.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Wood be sentenced to four years in state prison and pay restitution of up to $80,000. Wood is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24.

His co-defendants, Jennifer Mullner, 23, of Hammonton, a former loan services representative for Commerce Bank, now known as TD Bank, in Mt. Laurel, and her boyfriend, William Roman, 22, of Galloway, pleaded guilty to third-degree computer criminal activity and were sentenced to probation. Mullner pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, and Roman pleaded guilty on Oct. 20.

Between March 1 and Oct. 30, 2007, Mullner used her position to access at least 240 bank documents with customer information, including loan information and account numbers, which she printed out. Mullner admitted that on two occasions, she provided the documents to Roman, who then provided them to Wood. For his involvement, Roman was allegedly paid $250.

As a result, the defendants stole the identities of at least five victims. Using the stolen identities, Wood obtained, or helped others obtain, merchandise or services to which they were not entitled. As part of the investigation, Wood was arrested by the New Jersey State Police on Feb. 26.

The investigation was coordinated by the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit. Deputy Attorney General Mark Murtha prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice Major Crimes Bureau – Computer Technology & Analysis Unit.

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