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Kent man faces $1.25 million fine and prison time for fraud

April 25, 2019 GMT

Mark Pignatello, 54, of Kent, pled guilty Wednesday to bank fraud, social security number fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Pignatello visited branches of People’s United Bank in Maine and New Hampshire from Oct. 22 to 24 where he passed or attempted to pass counterfeit checks made out to others. He used their social security numbers and fake drivers licenses with their information and his picture, according to a press release from the Maine U.S. Attorney’s office.

Newport police officers apprehended him outside of the Newport, Maine branch of People’s United Bank, “where his activity had been identified as fraudulent,” according to the release.

Pignatello faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million on the bank fraud charge, up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the social security fraud charge and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison on the aggravated identity theft charge, as well as up to five years of supervised release, according to the release.

He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the Maine State Police.