New York woman charged with PNC Bank fraud in State College

A grand jury has handed down an indictment in a local bank fraud.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Njeri Bowen, 26, of New York, was indicted on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft after she obtained PNC Bank customer names and account numbers.

“Bowen traveled to PNC Bank branches located in several states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and Alabama, where she impersonated bank account holders and made cash withdrawals from the customers’ accounts. In each fraudulent withdrawal, Bowen withdrew between $4,500 to $6,500 in cash,” said a release from the Department of Justice.

Smith’s release noted a State College branch as one of those targeted.

The investigation involved the FBI and state police from Pennsylvania and Maryland. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Terz.